Kapuso Network Petitions Court To Summon Sarah LahbatiGMA Network Inc. has filed a petition asking a Quezon City court to order Sarah Lahbati to return and answer a civil case it filed for breach-of-contract.
Lahbati, who returned to the country earlier this month only to leave again for an undisclosed location, faces an P8.5 million civil case for allegedly breaching her contract with the Kapuso Network. She also faces other cases such as libel filed by GMA Films President Annette Gozon-Abrogar.
According to a report from The Philippine Daily Inquirer, GMA lawyer Christine Bio asked the Quezon City Regional Trial Court Branch 77 under Judge Germano Francisco Legaspi on July 18 to issue an alias summons for Lahbati in connection to the breach-of-contract case filed by the network on January 11.
The Inquirer says that the motion filed by Bio said that a summons order issued by the said court was returned because Lahbati was not at her home on January 16 and 17 this year when court officials tried to serve the order.
Lahbati flew to Switzerland on January 13 this year and returned just this month to swear to affidavits her lawyer used in filing cases against Abrogar and others. Shortly thereafter, Lahbati flew out of the country again.
“GMA 7 respectfully moves for the issuance of an alias summons on defendant Lahbati at her aforesaid address,” GMA said in its petition. Lahbati used the same address as was indicated in the past summons order in her affidavits against Abrogar, GMA 7 noted.
The breach-of-contract case filed by GMA stems from the actress leaving the set of “Indio” which she signed a contract to be in on September 2012. GMA said, “Sarah Lahbati walked out from the taping of her scenes and departed from the location shoot” on November 9, 2012, while on location at Morong Park, Subic, Olongapo City.
“Because of Sarah Lahbati’s refusal to perform her scenes, the remaining close-up scenes, which were very vital to the mounting of the whole scene for which GMA 7 had clustered four weeks of scripts for the Subic shoot were not finished … In order to resume and finish the aforesaid big scene, GMA 7 had to spend P576,000 more or less,” GMA said.
GMA Network is asking Lahbati to pay damages of P7 million, attorneys’ fees of P1 million and litigation expenses of P500,000 apart from honoring her management contract stipulations.