Veteran OPM artist Jim Paredes finally admitted that he’s the man in the video circulated on the internet.
In an article on his official website, Paredes addressed his fans and the netizens retracting his previous statements that the video was fake and it’s not him.
According to him, the video was real. However, he doesn’t want anyone to see it because it’s private.
He believed that his political beliefs made someone to invade his privacy.
The video was real. It was private, and not meant for public consumption. I do not know how it became public. 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.” Paredes said.
Paredes also shared that he’s in a panic on how he would deal with the problem after he saw the video being spread on social media by netizens. However, after thinking carefully, the artist decided to admit his wrongdoing instead of denying it like what he did yesterday when a Twitter user asked about the legitimacy of the rumors against him.
Screencap from Jimparedes.com
“When I saw it on social media, I was in a quandary how to respond. But after mulling and praying over it, I decided to come clean. 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 also believed that the sin he committed is the ‘most human of all’ and also admitted that he’s ‘flawed person’ and a ‘human being’ like everyone else who also made some mistakes.
“I know many of you have judged me and condemned me, and those who held
me in high esteem are disappointed in me, to put it mildly. I apologize for my irresponsibility,” said Paredes.
He also asked the netizens to stop involving his family in the issue.
Yesterday, the video of Paredes circulated online, but at first, the OPM artist denied it.
As of writing, the social media accounts of Paredes turned private after being swarmed by netizens.
As of writing, it’s still not known who’s the source of the video circulated online, however, the issue has gone viral on the internet after several supporters of Duterte started to speak about it.