Ogie Diaz has addressed claims that he is still getting commission from former talent Liza Soberano and aired his apologies for supposedly letting her feel offended with his words.
Liza, in a recent interview on Fast Talk With Boy Abunda, admitted getting hurt over her former manager for supposedly “trying to fight me or ruin me” following his remarks over her controversial “rebranding” vlog where she spoke about her former career.
The actress also spoke up about Ogie’s alleged lies about being ungrateful and not getting commission from her for the past two years.
“He’s saying so many things that are untrue,” Liza emotionally said.
“Like, for the past two years hindi siya kumukuha ng commission. That just makes me sound even more ungrateful to the people na hindi naman nakakaalam kung ano yung nangyayari sa loob.
“He’s calling me ungrateful when he knows very well how grateful I was to ABS-CBN, na kahit wala akong kontrata sa kanila I was doing so much work for them. I was supporting them,” she added.
Liza was initially hesitant to share her financial arrangement with her former managers, but proceeded to reveal the breakdown of previous talent fee.
The 25-year-old denied claims that Ogie was taking 40 percent commission from her, saying that Ogie was originally getting 30 percent.
“My Tita Jonie was taking 20 percent,” said Liza, referring to her dad’s first cousin who serves as her road manager and personal assistant at the time.
“Star Magic was taking 10 percent,” Liza said of her ABS-CBN’s talent management arm.
“I also pay US taxes alongside my Philippine taxes because I’m a US citizen and a Filipino citizen so my total take home was around 30 percent,” said Liza.
Liza said Ogie and Jonie’s portions were eventually cut down to 20 percent and 15 percent, respectively, after feeling bad for her because “they felt like I deserved more since I was putting in a lot of work.”
Liza also confessed that the breakdown of fees was “a little unfair” for her, sharing that her Tita Jonie thought of reducing Ogie’s commission as he didn’t go to her tapings or endorsement shoots.
“He (Ogie) would book the job for me. He was negotiating. So she (Tita Jonie) felt it was fair for him to lessen his commission, but then, they ultimately agreed na pareho na lang sila,” explained Liza.
Liza said Ogie was still able to receive his commission last month for the endorsement that was renewed before their contract ended.
“Kahit na wala na po siyang ginagawa for that, we gave him commission. Because that was right. I wouldn’t breach my contract.
“He’s going to get another one this week,” Liza said after being asked if it was the last time she paid commission to Ogie.
In his Showbiz Update Youtube channel, Ogie admitted that he has been collecting commissions from Liza these past two years as her contract with her previous management overlapped with that of her new label.
“Ang totoo, nakakakolekta pa rin tayo kahit tapos na ang kontrata kasi kumbaga nagka-overlap ‘yung expiration date ng aming kontrata doon sa mga napirmahan pa namin na a month or two before the contract expired. Nandoon pa ang aking pirma. So kumokolekta pa rin naman,” said Ogie.
Although Ogie said that he no longer acknowledges new inquiries for the actress’ brand endorsements and would forward them to her new management.
Ogie also offred her apologies to Liza if she felt offended with his remarks amid her controversy she is facing after her rebranding on socia media.
“Kung may tampo man si Liza sa akin… sorry anak kung in anyway na-offend kita or feeling mo kinalaban kita or feeling mo kinokontra kita. Kasi wala akong matandaan na kinontra kita. Sinasabi ko lang kung ano ang sa alam ko ang totoo.”
Ogie also stressed that he bears no grudge against Liza and hopes that the bashing would end.
He added, “Kung na-offend ka anak, sorry. Hindi sa hindi ko sinasadya iyon kung ‘di gusto ko lamang sabihin kung ano naman ang panig ko, lalo na at nandoon tayo sa point na pareho tayong jinu-judge ng mga tao.”