MANILA, Philippines - GMA-7's Atty. Felipe Gozon has a strong opinion about Sarah Lahbati's departure for Switzerland days after she was sued by the network for breach of contract.
"In law, flight is an indication of guilt. Kahit sinong abogado ang tanungin mo, 'pag di mo hinarap ang demanda..." GMA Network's chairman and CEO told Bulletin Entertainment in a recent interview. The 19-year-old is also facing a libel case filed by GMA Films President Annette Gozon-Abrogar.
Recall that in reports before the brouhaha exploded, Sarah said that she had long planned for the trip so she could relax and resume her studies.
Gozon added that despite Sarah's absence in the country, "We will [still] pursue the case. May provisions sa rule of court and we are going to apply for extraterritorial service [of summons]."
The filing of the case against the Fil-Swiss actress has something to do with integrity, said Gozon.
"Ako, I'm trying to prove a principle here. I have nothing personal against anybody. But we have to put there the integrity. You just don't buy the contract and get away with it."
In Gozon's opinion, Sarah's case is "purely breach of contract...that's why we cannot allow that."
"Inalagaan siya (Sarah). Binibigyan siya ng projects, di siya uma-appear. 'Yun ang breach of contract," he claimed. In the past, former Kapuso talents that were sued for breach of contract included Mo Twister and Iwa Moto.
Gozon further said of Sarah: "Eh siya may kagagawan niyan eh. Pinuwersa niya kami to impose the contract. Binigyan ko siya ng chance to comply even after she had already violated and she continued so wala na akong magagawa."
Asked if an apology will work for the two parties at this point, Gozon answered, "No more, no more. Nag-violate na eh."
Point of no return, maybe? "Well, sabi nga ng showbiz, 'kung wala namang katapat..."' he trailed off.