Boy Abunda defends La Greta on press walkout

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 09 2010 03:19 PM | Updated as of Apr 09 2010 11:52 PM

MANILA, Philippines - TV host and talent manager Boy Abunda defended her ward Gretchen Barretto for walking out on a press conference on Thursday.

Barretto left the press conference after she became fed up with some celebrity reporters who asked for her reaction on the TV show face-off with her sister Claudine Barretto on Saturday.

Barretto's "Maaalaala Mo Kaya (MMK)" episode will be aired on same time slot as the pilot episode of her sister's first drama anthology series with GMA-7.

Barretto got pissed after reporters asked her whether it was true that she and Claudine are not on speaking terms again, and that their mother was not happy about the same 8:30 p.m. time slot for their shows on Saturday.

In a statement issued by Abunda over "SNN: Showbiz News Ngayon" on Thursday, he explained that an actress or a manager does a project without knowing when it will be aired.

Before agreeing to do a TV project, they do not ask when it will be aired. Neither would they know what a rival station would air against the show.

Abunda explained: “Ako ang nakatawag ng tawag para sa Maalaala Mo Kaya. Kapag tumatawag po ang isang tao tungkol sa iyong artista... ang una naming tinatanong ay tungkol sa proyekto -- ano ba ang storyline, ano ba ang material, synopsis ika nga ang hiningi ko at availability ng artista. Pero hindi namin tinatanong kung kailan ipapalabas.

"Halimbawa sa MMK, kung sa Saturday ba o next Saturday. At mas lalo na po, hindi namin itinatanong kung anong katapat na palabas. So I take full responsibility because hindi ito concern ng aking artista na si Gretchen Barretto. She has nothing to do with this.”

For a good script

Abunda said that at first, La Greta turned down the project due to conflict of schedule, but she eventually changed her mind when Abunda urged her to do it because of the episode's good script.

"When I read the synopsis of the MMK episode, I called her, and this is rare mga kaibigan dahil hindi naman po talaga ako tumatawag, I don’t. Kapag sinabi niyang hindi, I respect the decision ‘di ba? Pero sabi ko, ‘Gretch, I don’t think you should let this pass. This is too good for you to pass. Basahin mo ang storya, I asked for the script and then you make your decision," he said.

"Nabasa nga ni Gretchen at napakaganda talaga ng kwento. 'Yon lang mga kaibigan, nais kong iklaro na walang kinalaman si Gretchen Barretto kung kailan ilalabas ang Maalaala Mo Kaya, at kahit kaming mga manager ay hindi namin pinag-uusapan kung anong time slot o kung ano ang katapat. Yan lang ay paglilinaw sa isyung pinagsasabong ang magkapatid. So malinaw po yan sana ay maayos din ito," Abunda said.

Abunda added that Gretchen will air her side on the walk-out on SNN on Friday. The whole interview will be shown on "The Buzz" on Sunday, April 10.