When GMA 7 first responded to Sarah Lahbati’s explosive Tweets, the very first thing they revealed is that Sarah Lahbati asked to take a leave of absence for 1 month to unwind and de-stressed. GMA 7 did not approve this vacation because Sarah’s reasons were too vague and that she has impending obligations which includes Party Pilipinas, promos, and endorsement commitments. Sarah Lahbati went on vacation anyway.
“Last December, Sarah Lahbati unilaterally decided to take a leave of absence of one (1) month from GMA Network, because she said she wanted to de-stress and unwind. Because her reasons were vague, they were not accepted by management. While we understand that work in our industry can be stressful (as in any business), we believe that this is not only unavoidable in most cases, but also a part of what one does as a professional and/or performing artist.
Her leave of absence was also disapproved by management because of her pending obligations (i.e. Party Pilipinas, on-going promos and other endorsement commitments). However, on the evening of Jan 2, she tweeted that she will be going to Switzerland to study, despite the disapproval given to her last December on taking a leave. This is in violation of her contract, because she has to perform and appear in programs and events assigned to her, and make herself available to faithfully and promptly fulfill all engagements contracted for her by GMA.(source)
When GMA 7 finally filed a case against Sarah on Januray 11th, part of the lawsuit includes 7 Million Pesos of Liquidated Damages due to Sarah’s refusal to fulfill her contract obligations which involves going on that 1 month vacation without GMA 7′s approval.
“Lahbati’s refusal to perform her obligations under the Management Contract and other program contracts coupled with her formal notice to take a leave of absence for one (1) month from the network without prior agreement or approval of GMA-7.”
Filipinas In Showbiz received a few pictures in the mail, allegedly from Annabelle Rama’s Facebook account along with a note saying they were taken on December 2012. Sarah Lahbati allegedly spent her unapproved 1 month vacation with the Gutierrez family and JC de Vera campaigning for Annabelle Rama in Cebu.
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