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The upcoming gigs of two of the most sought-after local indie bands, Jensen and the Flips and Sud have been cancelled due to sexual harassment allegations involving some of their members.

On Wednesday, November 21, the organizers of “The Rest Is Noise Year-End” has decided to remove Jensen and the Flips from their lineup amidst allegations of sexual misconduct.

“In light of several deeply disturbing allegations, one of which was confirmed by the accused band member, we’ve decided to withdraw our invitation to Jensen and the Flips to perform in our year-end show.

“We are reaffirming our position; we do not and we will not condone, tolerate, or enable any vile or reprehensible behavior that exploits and abuses women. We stand by them and we hope that with this action, we can help get their voices heard and stop normalize this behavior,” organizers wrote in a statement posted on Facebook.

Our official statement.

Posted by The Rest Is Noise PH on Tuesday, November 21, 2017

After Twitter user Adrienne Onday (@_tapsilog) started a thread about misogyny and sexism in the local independent music scene, women sent messages to Onday sharing their own experiences of being harassed by various members of the bands.

In one of the tweets, Onday posted a message from an alleged victim saying that Jensen and the Flips’ guitarist Samuel Valenia tried to force himself on her and tried to kiss her inside a cab.

There’s also a screenshot of a direct message where Valenia asked the alleged victim if she wanted to ‘sext’ after the incident in the taxi.

Valenia then confirmed the said allegation and apologized to those whom he had offended and disappointed.

“I’m really sorry sa mga taong na-offend ko at na-disappoint sa akin because of this post and because of what I did. I respect y’all’s opinions. I know this ain’t enough but again, I am really sorry,” Valenia said in a tweet.

Meanwhile, the organizers of University of the Philippines (UP) Fair to be held on February 2018 also announced that they are withdrawing their invitation to the band Sud.

“My team has alerted me to sexual harassment allegations of the band’s members on Twitter. As an org who values and advocates for women and their rights, we cannot tolerate these kinds of behavior,” says Vince Liban, head of LGBTQ group UP Babaylan.

Sud Ballecer, vocalist of the indie rock band was also accused of being “touchy” during a gig.

Justin Teaño of MilesExperience (Msex) was called out for inappropriate behavior too.

MB Life has reached out to Jensen and the Flips’ manager Honeydel Lopez and Sud’s general manager Sindikato, which has yet to release their statement.

Jensen and the Flips rose to fame for their hit songs “Lovechild,” “Is This Love,” and “Borrowed.” Sud on the other hand, is known for their hit single “Sila,” which has over 35 million plays on Spotify.

UPDATE: Jensen and the Flips and Sud already issued their statement regarding the issue. 

Posted by Jensen and The Flips on Wednesday, November 22, 2017

“In light of recent events, we would like to extend our sincerest apologies to those who are directly involved. We are, at the same time, grateful to the people who shed light on the matter. An apology will never be enough to make up for all the things that have been done in the past. We know the things we did wrong; rest assured we have, and will continue to work on being better individuals moving forward to ensure that such situations will not happen again.

Trust was lost with productions event organizers, partners, and supporters. We know that this is hard to rebuild, and respect their decisions regarding established commitments with Jensen and the Flips.

We stand united not only as a band, but also as a family. We will continue to strive to be better, and get through this.”

We recognize the actions that have caused everyone, especially the women that have come forward with their stories. and…

Posted by Sud on Wednesday, November 22, 2017

“We recognize the actions that have caused everyone, especially the women that have come forward with their stories. and though some of the allegations are untrue, we sincerely apologize for the ones that have caused women to become uncomfortable. 

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.

We are taking these matters seriously, and as much as we are owning up to the things we did, we feel extremely saddened for some things that are accused of us and we are taking measures in resolving this. For the ones we know are true, we are firmly owning up to those.

We fully support the dialogue sparked by this incident and condemn all forms of sexual harassment. As beings of this generation, everyday is a learning experience. And we will strive to become good examples for everyone involved in the local music scene. And always have an open ear to criticism and call outs. 

Lastly, we acknowledge the matter involving our bassist, Raisa Racelis. This has been resolved privately. We would like to plead for everyone to please respect her privacy at this time.

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.”

Photo from Jensen and the Flips and Sud‘s Facebook pages

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