Singer-songwriter Nicole Asensio slammed Apo Hiking Society member Jim Paredes, and singer-comedienne Cynthia Patag, known supporters of Liberal party, for spreading online rumors that her late father musician Manuel “Noli” Asensio III was a victim of President Rodrigo Duterte’s intensive campaign against illegal drugs.
“My father died with me in Makati Medical Center ER… Right beside me at his final hours… I am appalled at the yellow idiots who have gossiped and gossiped about his life and death, plotting to use his death to fuel their political schemes. Some of these yellowtards were my friends… Some are my own blood relatives. Read my mom’s post. Swallow it. Close your mouth when you chew. If you were so concerned about my dad or the family, why didn’t you pay your respects? Thought so. It’s all about you. You’re not helping yourselves, the grieving family or the country by using my father’s death for your own vanity. LET ME LOVE AND HONOR HIM IN SILENCE.”On the other hand, Nicole’s mother also set the records straight and posted on her Facebook page
“Forgive me for saying this, but you were not in the ER during his last moments and we never appointed you to be the family’s spokesperson. So please, do not use Noli’s passing for any of your political motives and schemes,” Iwi added.The rumors said that Nicole’s late father was abducted, drugged, and killed and an article intended for the incident was posted by Cynthia Patag with a title, “HE WAS NOT POOR by Lydia M. Paredes,” as reported by Interaksyon.
“If you are a good person, you will stop spreading all these lies. If you have compassion, you will understand that we are grieving for someone we love very much who was a good person and we miss him terribly…And when you feel the urge to post anything again, maybe ask yourself if your words are true, necessary and helpful.”
Because of this, Paredes also posted his side on his Facebook account
“After you expressed your concern to me via PM about Cynthia Patag posting message publicly, I immediately called her and asked how it is that the message became public. Cynthia told me she thought it was sent to her because the sender wanted it public. Bottom line was, it was not meant to be public or even editorialized with a title ‘HE WAS NOT POOR’. I immediately asked her to take it out,” he wrote.READ ALSO: To The People Who UNFORTUNATELY Haven't Moved On From The Last Election
“My wife and I had NO INTENTION whatsoever of politicizing your dad’s death. The message from Ana Segovia who claimed to be your relative clearly said your dad was a victim of Duterte’s war on drugs. It was ALREADY political when we received it. If we wanted to politicize it, we would have posted it publicly ourselves. It never even appeared on my wife’s timeline…I contacted you out of pure concern and sympathy as a friend, colleague…We are continuing prayers for your dad and the people he loved and cared for.”