Filipino boxing idol Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao has not been given permission by GMA Network Inc. to appear in any show of ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corp., GMA said Friday.
In a disclosure to the Philippine Stock Exchange, GMA Legal Counsel Atty. Dick Perez said Pacquiao still has a contract with GMA which prohibits him from appearing on "any television program, show, promotion, or even in any other broadcast media entity other than GMA and subsidiaries without the written consent of GMA."
"GMA has not given him (Pacquiao) its consent to appear in ABS-CBN," GMA said.
It was reported Wednesday that Pacquiao renewed his ties with ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corp., which will air his matches including his highly-anticipated fight with British superstar Ricky Hatton on May 2.
This marked the end of Pacquiao's contract with Solar Entertainment Corp., which has blocktime agreements with GMA for the airing of Pacquiao's fights in the country.
GMA expressed disappointment with Pacquiao's recent decision, saying that ABS-CBN may have managed to seal the deal by offering him full media support for the 2010 congressional elections.
"GMA Network did not offer the same to Pacquiao because the Omnibus Election Code prohibits television networks from doing so. Section 95 of the code states that 'no contribution for purposes of partisan political activity shall be made directly or indirectly' by grantees of franchises such as television networks," GMA said.
ABS-CBN belies claim
ABS-CBN, however, made it clear that Pacquiao voluntarily made the network transfer. The network added that it has not violated Pacquiao's contract with GMA, saying that his fights will only be aired through a live feed, and is not part of ABS-CBN's original shows.
"Sa kontrata ng GMA kay Pacquiao, ipinagbabawal ang paglabas o paglahok ni Pacquiao sa mga programa, promotion o event ng ibang istasyon. Malinaw na hindi ABS-CBN ang tagapamahala sa produksyon ng mga laban ni Pacquiao bagkus ieere lamang ito sa pamamagitan ng live feed. (Under his contract with GMA, Pacquiao is not allowed to appear or participate in any program, promotion, or event from any other station. It's clear that ABS-CBN is not in charge of the production of Pacquiao's fights as these will only be aired through live feed," ABS-CBN said in a statement.
Pacquiao and ABS-CBN have collaborated in some of his fights, including the one against Mexican Oscar Larios in July 2006. The broadcasting network also aired his matches to Filipinos overseas through ABS-CBN's The Filipino Channel.
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