Maxene Magalona, to the rescue sa iniintrigang ina!

TV5 IS IN the eye of the storm. At napagigitnaan pa ang beleaguered network ng dalawang matitinding bagyo, ‘ika nga.

On one side is GMA’s threat to file appropriate charges against Mo Twister. Pero dahil wala pang injunction order kung kaya’t patuloy na nakapagge-guest ang TV host in at least two TV5’s shows, ang Juicy at Paparazzi.

Sa isang banda naman ay ang kaso ni Willie Revillame, kung saan hindi pinahihintulutan ang pagbati nito on-camera kay John Estrada ng ABS-CBN. Sa programang PO5 naganap ang appearance na ‘yon ni Willie, na kinakailangang i-edit out lest charges would be filed against TV5.

Kagyat namang nag-isyu ng official statement ang Kapatid network, and we quote: “We respect Willie’s contractual obligations with ABS-CBN. We thank him for taking the time to surprise our host John Estrada during his birthday celebration. But we also don’t want Willie to get into trouble for it. That’s why despite clamor that we air his full appearance on PO5, our legal department contacted ABS-CBN’s legal department and we were advised by ABS-CBN that the airing for Willie’s full appearance on PO5 will be a violation of their agreement,” unquote.

Intindido naman ng TV5 ang posisyon ng dalawang network, lalo’t alam din naman nila kumbaga sa pagbagsak ng malakas na ulan ay mistula itong batya na sumasalo lang mula sa alulod. But since TV5 has gone full blast, infusing millions if not billions in capital investment, bakit hindi ito bumuo ng sariling talent o artist center?

NAG-REACT SI MAXENE Magalona sa kapirasong news item (hindi rito sa Pinoy Parazzi) tungkol sa pang-aagaw ng eksena ng kanyang inang si Pia mula sa mga anak nito sa mga interviews.

To the rescue si Max sa ina, saying na ginagawa lang daw nito ang kanyang trabaho bilang manager nilang magkakapatid. Thus, Pia is out there to represent her children in negotiations. Nagkataon lang daw na may isyu sa pagitan ng kanyang ina at ng kampo ni Ely Buendia.

Dagdag pa ni Max: “We would not have become who we are now if not for our mother. She brought us up well. Kaya ang masasabi ko lang sa mga nang-iintriga sa family ko, don’t mess with the Mags (Magalonas)!”

KUMBAGA SA BOKSING, finally, Diz Iz It has thrown in the towel. Nakatakda na kasi itong magbabu sa ere makaraan din ng ilang buwang pakikipagbuno sa kalaban nitong Showtime.

Kung matatandaan, bagong GMA show sana ang isasalpak sa timeslot nito na pinagpalabasan muna ng ilang not-so-old teen-oriented movies ng Viva Films. It turned out later na ang oras palang ‘yon ay nabili ng Tape, Inc.

Dahil wala pa kaming naaamoy na bagong programa as a network insider, mukhang ibabalik uli ang timeslot na ‘yon in giving way to movies again. Well, that’s life on TV. You never know when life stops.

by Ronnie Carrasco III

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  1. MANILA — Johnny, not his real name, has been working as a cameraman for ABS-CBN’s current affairs program for 22 years. On June 18, he was told by security guards that he is among those who have been banned from entering the company premises.

    On June 16, Johnny, like many of his colleagues, was summoned to the human resources (HR) department. He was being offered a new contract, stating, among other things, that he has to work for eight hours a day for a salary of P25,000 (USD 548.84, based on peso exchange rate of 1USD=P45.55) and that he would be on probationary status for six months. He told the HR staff that he would think about the offer.

    “It [the offer] is insulting,” Johnny told Bulatlat in an interview, adding that another cameraman who is his junior has been offered P45,000 (USD 987.92) as salary. “I did not do anything wrong against the company. Why don’t they give me some respect?”

    Johnny is one of the 25 workers of the ABS-CBN internal job market (IJM) who found themselves jobless days after ABC-CBN chairman Gabby Lopez issued a deadline for the workers to accept the so-called regularization scheme.

    “Those who would not sign the contract will lose their jobs,” Lopez told the workers on June 15. “[You] either resign or find another job. That’s the only choice you have,” Lopez said. A video of Lopez’s speech was shown to the media by the ABS-CBN IJM workers’ union in a press conference on June 24.

    (Photo by Ronalyn V. Olea /

    The offer, said union member and sound engineer Russel Galima, entails a waiver of all cases filed by the workers against the management, disregard of ther years of service, lower salary, among others. Antonio Perez, the union president, said the salary offered to workers is only one-third of their current salary.

    “If you don’t want it, we would not force you. ..just don’t convince other people not to accept our offer. Can you feed their families?” Lopez said further.

    The proposed salary is fixed, meaning workers could not demand for overtime pay and special pay on holidays. “We are always on call. At times, we were on coverage for three days. It is just not fair,” Johnny retorted.

    Like the rest of the workers, Johnny said he was not given a copy of the contract. “It was only discussed to me verbally.”

    Perez said only 100 of the 1,400 IJM workers were offered “regular” positions. “The contracts were a done deal. The management has already signed them and we were not even given copies.”

    Antonio Perez, president of ABS-CBN internal job market (IJM) workers union, speaks during the press conference.(Photo by Ronalyn V. Olea /

    Perez said contracts of workers have been co-terminous with the TV program. “We are regular in the programs but not in the company. The renewal of our contracts is the company’s discretion,” Perez said.

    Almost half of 100, mostly senior workers have been put on probation. Those in the post-production did not get any offer.

    Basic Labor Rights

    Perez said they are only fighting for their basic rights as workers. “We only wanted to have representation.”

    “It is not an abuse to demand what is stated in the law,” Perez said, stating that under the law, workers who have rendered at least six months of continuous work are entitled to become regular workers. “It is also our right to form a union,” he said.

    John Pail Panizales, technical director/VTR man and union member, said the management wants to crush their union.

    Panizales said their union was formed in March 2009. In November of the same year, the union filed a petition for certification before the Department of Labor and Employment-National Capital Region.

    “The company denied our status as employees,” Panizales said. The DOLE-NCR decided in favor of the management and the union filed an appeal to the Labor Secretary’s Office.

    Panizales believes the management’s offer for the so-called regularization aims to diminish their union membership. “It is simply union busting,” he said.

    Perez insisted that their identification cards and pay slips are proofs of their employment with the giant network. Citing the recent Supreme Court decision on Fulache vs. ABS-CBN Corp., Perez said they should be considered as regular employees, too.

    In the said case, the petitioners, all employees of the ABS-CBN Cebu, claimed they had rendered more than a year of service to the company and, therefore, should have been recognized as regular employees entitled to security of tenure and to the privileges and benefits enjoyed by regular employees. However, ABS-CBN Cebu allegedly considered them only as talents and not as regular employees.

    “The bad faith in ABS-CBN’s move toward its illegitimate goal was not even hidden; it dismissed the petitioners – already recognized as regular employees – for refusing to sign up with its service contractor. Thus, from every perspective, the petitioners were illegally dismissed,” the Supreme Court said in its decision dated January 21.


    “The management does not consider us as kapamilya, not even children out of wedlock,” Perez said.

    Galima said they have been treated like criminals. “Our pictures are posted at the gates,” he said, adding that they were denied access to the network’s compound and could not even talk to the HR to ask about the status of their employment.

    On the day of Lopez’s deadline, Galima said, they could not find their names on the schedule of programs and on the list of those who would be on a day-off. “Until now, we got no answers,” he said.

    Most of the 25 dismissed workers are breadwinners and have children. “Some of us are really devastated,” Perez said.

    “My children do not know yet that I am now jobless,” Johnny said tearfully. “I have not told them because I do not want them to get discouraged from pursuing their studies,” he said. Johnny has four children, three of whom are in college.

    Co-employees who expressed support to the dismissed workers have been wearing arm bands but are also being threatened of losing their jobs, Perez said.


    Perez also expressed fear that their case could set a dangerous precedent to the media industry.

    “This is an attack against media workers in general,” Perez said, adding that even rank-and-file employees can become contractual. “Other networks can follow suit,” he said. He said further that when it comes to the welfare of workers, rival networks are silent.

    Appeal to Noynoy

    Perez said they would try to seek the help of incoming President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III.

    “He said he wants more jobs for Filipinos, we hope we are included in those who will still have jobs. We hope we would not be added to the statistics of the unemployed,” he said.

    “He said he is against corruption. We hope we would not be victims of corruption in relation to the cases we filed before DOLE,” the union leader said.

    As for Johnny, he said, a good company should also maintain good standards for the interest of its workers. (

  2. ay naku maxene ang mga taong umiintriga sa inyo ay mga walang puso at kaluluwa paiyak iyak pa noong namatay ang itay mo hayaan mo sila makakarma ang mga nanakit sa babaeng biyuda na sariling tinataguyod ang mga anak huwag kang bibitiw sa pagsuporta sa inay mo

  3. sige nga ano masasabi m maxene sa other woman ng father mo (rip) with matching anak pa with the name abby rait? look sa facebook andun sya pati half sis mo

  4. Ilusyonada ang Maxene na ito. Akala ko sweet sweetan poero may kamalditahan at kayabangan din palang itinatago. HOY Hindi ka pa sikat at wala ka pang napapatunayan. Hindi rin kayo super yaman para magyabang ng ganyan. Bukas wala ka ng career (kung meron nga). Puro awa lang ang ibinibigay sa iyo ng network dahil sa kabaitan ng ama mo. Pati ako ay awa lang ang naramdaman sa iyo kaya pinapanood ko kahit baduy ang pag-arte mo. Pero ngayon wala na iyong awa na iyon kaya kahit kapuso ako hindi ko tatangkilikin ang soap mo. Kahit sabihin mo pa na hindi ako kawalan. HAMBOG!!!!

  5. at sino naman ang tinakot mo maxene na don’t mess with the mag. sino ba kayo.
    ang alam ko libre namang panoorin kayo na mga trying hard na umaarte sa tv.
    at kung sa pelikula at babayaran ka para umarte so nasa aming mga manunuod ka dapat matakot dahil baka bukas di ka na kilala.
    hindi naman kayo mga sikat at nakilala lang naman kayo ng namatay si francis. TUMIGIL KAYO SA ILUSYON NYO.

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