|'TV Patrol' anchor Korina Sanchez. File photo
MANILA - Veteran broadcaster Korina Sanchez has taken a leave of absence from her daily morning show "Rated Korina" on DZMM to allow her more time to finish pending tasks.
In a statement, Sanchez said she is currently back in school, finishing her Master's Degree at the Ateneo de Manila University.
"Muntik na akong ibagsak ng dalawa kong propesor dahil sa absence at late submissions kaya talagang hindi ko mapagsabay," Sanchez said, adding that a post-graduate degree has always been on her bucket list.
Last June, Sanchez said she asked permission from ABS-CBN management to allow her to take a leave from her top-rating radio program.
"Ang trabaho naman nariyan lang at ang sabi naman sa akin ng mga boss, kapag ayos na lahat ay makakabalik naman ako. Gusto ko na talaga itong iraos," she said.
Amy Perez and Marc Logan will take over Sanchez's timeslot in their new program called "Sakto," which will focus on stories mainly about family, but will also tackle current issues.
"Sabi ko kina Amy at Marc, basta sana i-plug pa rin nila ang Tsinelas Campaign namin para sa mga bata. Cute ang show nila," said Sanchez, who has been giving away rubber slippers to poor children for several years.
"Sakto" will air Mondays to Fridays from 10 to 11 a.m. on DZMM Radyo Patrol 630 and DZMM Teleradyo.
Sanchez is scheduled to renew her contract with the Kapamilya network. She will continue her top-rating Sunday magazine show "Rated K" and co-anchor TV Patrol with "Kabayan" Noli de Castro and Ted Failon.
The award-winning broadcaster earlier addressed speculations about her alleged suspension after being absent on "TV Patrol." She said she had to work on a scheduled special on typhoon-hit areas for her TV show.
Meanwhile, Sanchez said 2013 has been a fruitful year for her after she got several awards including the Anak TV Award for Rated K, and Best Female TV Newscaster during the 3rd Makatao Awards for Media Excellence given by the People Management Association of the Philippines (PMAP).
"New Year's wish ko na sana walang dumapo na kahit anong trahedya sa Pilipinas. At tuloy-tuloy na ang paghilom ng Kabisayaan. Sana matapos ko itong pag-aaral ko nang magagandang grades, ang hirap eh. May mga malalapit akong kamag anak na may sakit na sana gumaling na. Sana mabayaran ko lahat ng obligasyon ko. Maliban doon, puro pagpapasalamat na. I can't ask for anything more, sobra ang blessings ko na sana Ituloy lang ng Panginoon ngayong taon," she said.