Veteran singer and former APO Hiking Society Jim Paredes came clean and said that it was truly him who was in the video scandal that has been circulating online.
After claiming that it was “fake”, Paredes posted a blog titled “Writing on Air” wherein he owned up to the controversial video but said it was not meant for public consumption.
“The video was real. It was private, and not meant for public consumption. I do not know how it became public,” he said.
Paredes admitted that he found himself in a predicament when the video spread online, but eventually decided to admit that it was him in the video after praying about it.
“There are already too many lies and liars in this world. I do not wish to be a part of that cabal. I have chosen to be truthful because I know that painful as the truth can be, it will eventually set me free,” he said.
Paredes is a known critic of the current administration and he suspects that the release of his private videos is something politically-motivated.
“I can only surmise that in this ugly season of toxic politics, muckrakers determined to neutralize my influence by violating my privacy and digging up dirt on me are at work,” he said.
He said that he is “a flawed person, a human being, much like everyone else”. The 67-year-old singer also admitted that he made a mistake and that he is sorry for it.
Paredes also apologized to his family who was affected by the controversy.
“I stand in bottomless sorrow and contrition before my family who is reeling from the hurt and aggravation, and the embarrassment and shame, that should only be mine. I pray that they are spared any more wicked trolling by those who would revel in their pain,” Paredes said.
After the controversy, Paredes has changed the privacy settings of his social media accounts.