Bianca King Defends Annette Gozon-Abrogar, ICONSIf one asks Bianca King, she did not experience what fellow actress and former Kapuso actress Sarah Lahbati experience with Atty. Annette Gozon-Abrogar and ICONS talent management company.
In a recent interview with the Philippine Entertainment Portal which was also published over at GMANetwork.com, King said that she support ICONS and Abrogar in the controversy.
It can be recalled that Abrogar, ICONS and Lahbati are the central figures in a controversy that is currently playing out in various courts in Metro Manila.
Confirming that she is no longer with ICONS talent management, King said that the truth is that she had only a verbal agreement with the company.
“Sa ICONS naman, verbal, verbal lang naman kami,” PEP quotes her as saying.
Nonetheless, the actress did not pass on the chance to say kind things about ICONS.
“Ano naman sila, sobrang bait naman nila at parang kung naiisip ko na puwedeng may mag-handle sa akin na puwedeng matulungan ako,” she said.
She said that she was formerly co-managed by GMA Artist Center (GMAAC) and ICONS. Now that her contract with GMA is nearing its end and her official relations with ICONS is up, she said that she will still consider another manager aside from GMAAC.
“Gusto ko pa rin. Kung merong may gusto, willing ako. May naiisip na rin ako, pero kung sino ang may gusto,” she said adding, “Nagre-relax muna ako.”
She said she is waiting for someone to approach her in the right time.
“Naghihintay ako kung sino ang unang lalapit o kapag nasa tamang time na, kapag kailangan nang pag-usapan ang kontrata-kontrata, mag-i-start na rin akong makipag-usap,” she said.
Nonetheless, the actress made sure that GMAAC knows she trusts them.
“Pero ang una ko kasing kinu-consider talaga ay kung ano ang mga plans sa akin ng Artist Center. Siyempre, sa kanila ko muna ibibigay ang tiwala na kausapin ako,” she told PEP.
Speaking of that trust and the recent controversy surrounding ICONS, GMAAC, Abrogar and Lahbati, King said that her cutting official ties with ICONS is not really related to complaints brought up by Lahbati.
Lahbati has accused Abrogar of pressuring her to sign a co-management contract with ICONS.
Asked if her decision to not be co-managed by ICONS is connected to this, King answered with a vehement “No!” PEP reports.
In fact, the actress says she supports ICONS and will gladly help them if they need her.
“I still give them my 100 percent support kung kailangan nila ako for anything. At saka ito, before pa na lumabas yun,” she said.
Furthermore, she hinted that she knows what really happened and then went on to reveal which side she is on.
“Alam ko naman po ang totoo. Aware naman ako sa nangyayari talaga. Ang side ko, na kay Ms. Annette talaga,” King said.
When pressed for any experiences similar to what Lahbati says she experienced with ICONS and Abrogar, King replied, “Wala, e. At saka, kahit na sinong artista, naiisip ko talaga na wala namang makakapilit sa ‘yo ng kahit na ano. At saka, kung anuman ang ipe-present sa ‘yo sa contract, meron kang right na mag-compromise, mag-negotiate.”
“Hindi naman hahawakan ang kamay mo para pirmahan yun. Yun ang threaten, yun ang coercion, di ba? Yun ang opinyon ko. So, for me, wala… sobrang smooth ng negotiation na nangyari sa akin noon. Kasi, I asked questions. I listened,” she added.
Meanwhile, King also talked about her looming end-of-contract with GMA. According to her, she would like to focus on directing projects.
“Ipu-pursue ko po yun habang naghihintay ako ng next soap. Expired na rin po kasi ang lahat ng contract ko. Sa GMA-7, hanggang October na lang po ako. Tapos itong Maghihintay Pa Rin, hanggang end of September kami,” she said.
Nonetheless, she did not close any doors on anything. She said she’d listen to a manager that has great ideas for her and wants to build a great relationship.
“Kasi with me naman, kahit dalawang beses na akong nag-change ng manager, never akong nagkaroon ng bad blood. Hindi siya dahil away, kung hindi dahil, 'Thank you, okay, nagawa na natin ang mga magagawa natin as partner. It’s time to move on,'” King said.
Comparing this to a romantic relationship, she added, “Para ka lang nakipag-break sa boyfriend. Nag-mutual decision kayo to part ways kasi, maybe, there’s somebody else better for you. Parang ganun lang yun.”
However, part of not closing any doors is King being open to working with networks other than GMA.
“Happy naman po ako, pero sabi ko nga po, after mong magtagal ng sampung taon sa industriya, talagang iisipin mo, ‘Ano pa ba ang best option para sa akin? Paano pa ba ako maggu-grow bilang artista? Paano pa ako mag-e-evolve? Paano pa ako magre-reinvent?’” she said.
Nonetheless, she said that her heart is with GMA.