Indie bands speak up on sexual misconduct allegations

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 23) — A Twitter thread alleging sexual misconduct among some members of local indie bands has prompted apologies from the bands.

Indie band Jensen and The Flips admitted an apology will never be enough to correct their actions.

"We would like to extend our sincerest apologies to those who are directly involved... An apology will never be enough to make up for all of the things that have been done in the past," the band said in a statement posted Wednesday on Facebook.

"We know the things we did wrong, rest assured we have, and will continue to work on being better individuals moving forward," it added.

 

The Manila-based band was in the spotlight Tuesday after a netizen started a Twitter thread alleging some of the band's members were involved in acts of sexual misconduct.

The band's guitarist and backup vocalist Samuel Valenia had allegedly forced himself on her. Valenia confirmed the allegation on Wednesday, and apologized.

The same Twitter thread also mentioned sexual misconduct allegations against Ang Bandang Shirley but did not mention details. However this was enough to prompt the band to issue a statement on Wednesday.

"We recognize this is a serious issue and apologize for allowing a toxic culture continue through complicity or inaction. Although this is a difficult time for everyone involved, we believe this is a necessary step in correcting the normalized wrongs and maybe start getting things right," it said in its Twitter update.

 

Earlier, the Twitter thread also alleged that band frontman Sud Ballecer of the indie rock and jazz band Sud had been "touchy" with a friend of her during a gig, and tried to kiss someone in a separate occasion.

On Thursday, Sud apologized for the alleged sexual misconduct thrown against some of its members.

"We are sorry. It was never our intention for our actions to come across the way they did. We recognize that we have no say whether they were violated by our actions and we put them in a position they were not comfortable in, and for that we will accept the repercussions of what we did," it said in a statement.

Sud added it had privately resolved an unspecified matter involving band bassist Raisa Racelis.

"To everyone reading this, we appreciate you and all things you stand for. Things that we all should stand for. And thank you for starting a revolution of awareness and change," the band said.

Three event organizers have kicked out Jensen and The Flips and Sud from their shows.

"Trust was lost with productions, event organizers, partners, and supporters... We respect their decisions," Jensen and The Flips said.