BY PAUL MICHAEL CAMANIA JARAMILLO
After eight years of being a Kapuso star, actor-singer Aljur Abrenica now wants to leave his home network.
The 24-year-old actor and model petitioned the Quezon City Hall of Justice to end his contract with GMA-7.
A GMA Artist Center talent since clinching the “StarStruck” Ultimate Hunk title in 2006, Abrenica reportedly filed the petition in his desire to be released from his contract with the network, which is supposedly legally binding until 2017.
Abrenica also said that he felt he was not given the importance and respect he needed when it came to his career.
Abrenica is demanding P1 million in moral damages over his "besmirched reputation, sleepless night and serious anxiety," after the network allegedly required him to work for long hours despite feeling ill, and therefore, affecting his performance as an actor.
A report from news tabloid Bandera also detailed Abrenica’s complaints against the network.
Meron kasi akong timeline para sa aking career. I note down the things na gusto kong gawin – movies, TV shows, recording, concerts. Lahat iyan ay nakaayos sa listahan ko kaya lang iba naman ang nasa isipan nila. They want to package me otherwise.Like yung title ng album ko – gusto nila yung bastos na title na ni sa panaginip ay hindi ko ma-imagine. Para akong bold actor sa tingin nila. Saan ka nakakita ng manager na ang gustong title ng album ko ay ‘Nota’?
The complaint, signed by Abrenica's legal counsel, Atty. Ferdinand Topacio, is also calling for P100,000 in exemplary damages, and an additional P800,000 in attorneys' and other legal fees.
GMA-7 has yet to issue a statement regarding Abrenica's lawsuit.
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