Martin Escudero Says Manager Popoy Caritativo Was Stopping Him From Helping His Family
The move by the young actor has created a lot of speculation seeking to answer why Caritativo’s talents seem to be leaving him one by one.
Some say that Caritativo may be a mismanaging his talents. Some say Rivera’s decision to leave Luminary may have influenced Escudero’s own decision.
Now, Escudero has come out to explain why he left his former manager.
According to the Kapatid star, things have changed between him and Caritativo.
“Biglang nagbago, e. Nagbago talaga, e. Pakikitungo niya, para sa akin kasi, parang hindi na tama,” Escudero told the Philippine Entertainment Portal recently.
He said that everything was all right between him and Caritativo when Escudero was still being accompanied everywhere by his parents. Things changed when he was spending less time with his parents, he said.
During the interview, the actor was asked to elaborate on “hindi na tama” to which he replied that the reasons are deep-seated.
Escudero said that he will not go into details about his reasons for leaving Caritativo but he did offer explanations which are startling.
“Bilang manager ko siya ng seven years, ayoko naman siyang siraan,” the actor told the publication, explaining why he does not want to go into details.
“Ang intensiyon ko lang talaga kaya nagpa-interview na ako ngayon, gusto ko lang din talagang linawin at itama ang ilang naglalabasan na mali o hindi totoo,” he added.
However, her revealed that one of the reasons why he left Caritativo’s company is because the manager was stopping him from helping his family.
He told PEP “‘yung tulong na ginagawa ko sa pamilya ko, kinokontra niya.”
“Sa madaling-salita, pinakikialaman niya,” he said.
“Kasi, malalim na yung rason, ayoko na rin kasing idetalye talaga lahat ng nangyari. Siguro po, bilang respeto na rin kay Popoy,” he added.
In another part of the interview, the actor said “Alam ninyo po, ang pera, medyo maliit na dahilan lang yun. Ano lang po talaga, pinipigilan niya akong tumulong.”
“Nakakapagbigay pa rin naman po ako, pero talagang nag-aaway kami,” he added.
He revealed that since he became a talent of Caritativo’s agency, the manager and his people are the ones managing his finances.
“Sa akin po nakapangalan, pero sila [Popoy] po ang may hawak ng bank book, ATM… controlled po nila,” he told PEP.
The actor told the publication that he thought this was just the right thing to do.
However, he followed up saying “Pero noong medyo tumatanda na rin ako, nagbabago na rin ang gusto ko. Doon po kami nagkaproblema.”
When asked if he talked to his former manager about managing his own finances especially after he came of age, he said that he has told Caritativo this a lot of times “Pero siyempre, ayaw niya.”
Escudero did say that he gives money to his family and that his parents save some of this money in order to ensure that the actor has savings.
Meanwhile, Escudero also revealed that Caritativo has at times stopped him from going home to his family.
“Actually po, nagkakausap naman po kami, nakakauwi naman po ako,” he said. “Pero yun nga lang po, tuwing uuwi po ako, nagkakaroon po kami ng problema.”
“Marami siyang sinasabi na kesyo ganoon, kesyo ganyan. Ang gusto niya, sila ang pupunta… hindi naman puwede,” he added.
“May mga kapatid din ako. At siyempre po, nami-miss ko rin sa amin. Nararamdaman ko po minsan na parang may pagkukulang ako sa kanila,” he said.
The 23-year-old actor started living in his manager’s condominium unit in Mandaluyong City when he was 19.
According to him, Caritativo said that he needed to live away from his family in order for him to grow and mature.
“Inisip naman namin na baka totoo nga. Siyempre, siya yung manager, mas alam niya yun,” he said.
Asked about how people may view this as something malicious, he said, “Yung pagtira ko po sa kanya, malinaw na manager-talent. Parang guardian ko siya. Parang tumayong ama ko siya, e. Yun ang amin.”
“At masasabi ko lang ho na inaasahan na namin na maraming paninirang mangyayari. Pero, alam naman po ng Diyos kung ano ang totoo,” he added.
Escudero also stressed that he was a good talent and that if people will say he does not have any “utang na loob,” they would be wrong.
“Bakit, paano po nasabing wala akong utang na loob?” he said.
“Siguro po kung sakali, yun na lang din ang itatanong ko sa kanya—paano po niya nasabing wala akong utang na loob? Hindi naman porke’t umalis ako sa kanya, wala na akong utang na loob. Siyempre, hindi naman po ako basta-basta aalis kung walang dahilan, kung walang mali,” he added.
In another article from PEP, Escudero said that anyone can ask anyone who has been privy to his professional relationship with Caritativo to ask if he was a good talent.
According to him, his decision to leave Caritativo was a product of careful reflection. He said he thought about it for months and that he consulted with a lot of people he trusts about what he has to do.
Nonetheless, Escudero said that he does not have any regrets from his experience with Caritativo.
“Bata pa po kasi ako noon kaya kung ano lang ang akala kong tama. “Inisip ko na siya yung guardian ko, siyempre magtitiwala ako sa kanya. Ayoko nang magsabi na may regrets o pagsisisi kasi may natutunan naman ako sa mga nangyari,” he explained.
Meanwhile, Escudero also explained that his decision was not influenced by Marian Rivera leaving Caritativo’s management firm and going to Tony Tuviera’s Triple A Management.
“Yun nga po, tulad ng sinabi ko, naghanda muna kami, marami muna kaming kinausap,” Escudero said.
He said that “hindi totoong sumabit lang ako bigla-bigla dahil umalis siya [Marian]” and explained that he has his own reasons and that his decision to leave Caritativo is separate from his fellow star’s decision.
“May sarili po kaming problema at rason kung bakit ko ginawa yun,” he said.
He says that he made his decision even before Rivera announced her leaving Caritativo’s Luminary talent management firm.
“Nagkataon lang na mas nauna siyang mag-presscon at magsalita. Pero hindi ho totoo na sumabay lang ako o kumampi ako kay Marian,” Escudero told PEP.
Escudero said that he and Rivera only talked after he told her that he left Caritativo’s firm. He said that his letter telling Caritativo that he was leaving was given to Caritativo’s secretary even before Rivera had her press conference at a hotel in Quezon City.
“Hindi ko alam na aalis [si Marian],” Escudero said.
“Nagulat lang din ako noong nag-announce na si Marian. Hindi ko rin po inaasahan,” he said.
According to Escudero, he just had Caritativo’s secretary sign and receive his letter because the manager was out when Escudero went to the office. He said that he and Caritativo have not yet talked about the issue.
Escudero also said that he wants people to know that Rivera had nothing to do with his decision to leave his former manager. He also said he has no intention of badmouthing Caritativo.
“Sa totoo lang po, ayoko naman pong siraan si Popoy. Gusto ko lang naman pong sabihin kung ano ang totoo. Marami na silang sinasabing mali kaya gusto ko lang linawin yun. Umalis ho ako sa sarili kong desisyon,” he said.
“Gusto kong sabihin kung ano ang totoo, pero ayoko na lang pong idetalye, bilang respeto na rin po. Sa akin po, para po wala rin namang naaagrabyado sa maling paraan. Kasi, baka paniwalaan nila ang side nun, mali naman,” he added.
Right now, Escudero is happy that a lot of people are presenting themselves to be his manager. The actor said that he still has a contract with TV5 until next year.
On a side note, the actor also intimated that he has never really comprehensively read his contracts.
“Yun ang unang-unang kontrata ko. Nakita ko, pero hindi ko nabasa. Kasi pirma lang 'tapos balik. Pero hindi kami nabigyan ng kontrata,” he said.
“Madalas pinagmamadali na niya [Popoy] ako. Minsan nagagalit pa siya, natatagalan pa raw,” he added.
Escudero is, however, hoping that he and Caritativo will stay in good terms.
“Malaki ang pasasalamat ko kay Tito Popoy at, kahit papaano, narating ko itong parte ng trabaho ko. Kahit paano, may respeto pa rin ako sa kanya,” he said.