Judy Ann, Direk Joey disrespected me - Alfie

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Posted at Jul 28 2012 05:23 PM | Updated as of Jul 29 2012 01:46 AM

Direk Joey admits 'fault,' apologizes

MANILA, Philippines – Talent manager and entertainment writer Alfie Lorenzo expressed his dismay over having been allegedly bypassed by actress Judy Ann Santos in accepting an independent film project.

Jose Javier Reyes and Judy Ann Santos during the filming of
Cinemalaya Film Festival entry "Mga Mumunting Lihim"

Lorenzo cried foul over Santos' participation in the Cinemalaya Film Festival entry "Mga Mumunting Lihim," for which she refused to be paid despite her leading role in the Jose Javier Reyes-directed film.

Santos' long-time talent manager also vented his frustration over Reyes' supposed lack of respect, for not having informed him of the young superstar's pro bono involvement in the project.

"Matagal na kaming magkakilala ni Joey Reyes. Ang hinihintay ko lang, 'yung respeto man lang, na sabihin ni Joey, 'Gagamitin ko artista mo ah, pero libre,'" Lorenzo told entertainment talk show "Paparazzi" in an interview that aired Saturday.

"E 'di sige kung papayag siya, e 'di okay, 'di ba? E hindi, wala," Lorenzo added. "Tapos nabalitaan ko na nga lang, mayroon palang indie film si Juday sa Cinemalaya. Ano 'yun?"

"Ang punto ko lang diyan, 'yung respeto nawala sa showbiz -- respeto, paggalang sa mga dinatnan mo."

Reyes says sorry

This isn't the first time Lorenzo and Santos have figured in a publicized spat. Reyes, however, is forthcoming of taking blame for the latest rift between the manager and the young superstar.

"Inaamin ko, ako ang mali doon dahil nagkaroon ng miscommunication. Mali ako at ako ang humihingi ng tawad kay Alfie Lorenzo sa isyu na 'yan.

"Walang kwestyon diyan, ako ang mali doon. Sana lang huwag magalit si Alfie kay Judai. Ako ang may kasalanan," Reyes said.

For her part, Santos said her tiff with her long-time manager is nothing new. However, she expressed regret over a "personal issue" going public.

"Kami naman ni Tito Alfie palagi naman kaming may mga ganyan. Napag-usapan na rin namin 'yan. Hindi naman maiiwasan 'yun eh.

"May mga pagkakataon na may mga sitwasyon na gugustuhin mong ayusin nalang behind the cameras because it's too personal. 'Yun 'yung bagay na hindi na dapat ina-anunsyo na sa mga tao, kasi hindi naman 'yun parte ng karera," Santos said.

'Career mastermind'

While Lorenzo is open to forgive, the talent manager implied being more mindful of Reyes' "character." He also reminded Santos and her husband actor-host Ryan Agoncillo of his (Lorenzo) role in the young superstar's career.

"Ako, madali naman ako magpatawad eh, pero I do not forget. Sa 'kin tapos na 'yun eh, pero at least nakilala mo kung anong klaseng tao siya. Ang sa akin, respeto lang," Lorenzo said.

"Tandaan mo ang sinabi ko sa'yo," Lorenzo added, addressing Agoncillo and Santos, "Pagdating sa showbiz career, ako ang mastermind, ako ang guro, ako ang icon diyan. Wala kang pakialam, dahil alam ko kung saan ka patutungo at kung saan pa pupunta ang career mo."