Kapamilya actor Piolo Pascual has finally broken his silence regarding the controversial Sagada trip with business partner director Joyce Bernal.
On Monday, July 6, Piolo together with Bernal and other friends went to Sagada to shoot for the upcoming SONA of President Rodrigo Duterte. The group however was denied by the Sagada Municipal Council due to COVID-19 safety protocols.
In his social media post, Thursday, July 9, Piolo said he was saddened to know that people had judged him without knowing the facts.
He said his loyalty has been with ABS-CBN since he started his career in showbiz. He also added that his trip to Sagada has nothing to do with the government.
“My trip to Sagada had nothing to do with the government. I haven’t met the President personally and I don’t do politics as some may know,” he said.
Piolo also added that his association with Direk Joyce has nothing to do with his political stand, reiterating that his love for the country transcends Presidents and that he loves his home network.
“My association with Direk Joyce has got nothing to do with my political stand and as a citizen of this country. I love my country regardless of who the President is and I love my home network which is ABS-CBN,” he said
Piolo explained that he went to Sagada with Bernal and Illac Diaz to help the director get video footage for the SONA showing how the environment had changed positively because of the pandemic.
He said they went through necessary protocols and secured verbal approval from the Mayor of Sagada. Thus they were escorted by the PNP to the location. However, upon arrival in Sagada, they were told that the Municipal Council vetoed the Mayor’s permit due to health concerns.
Thus they ended up shooting in Baguio instead.
Addressing those who are questioning his stand on the ABS-CBN issue, he said that he’s always been praying for the Kapamilya network and that he loves ABS-CBN as much as he loves the country.
He then advised everyone to stop the hate and stop living in anger and bitterness.
“There’s not a day that I didn’t pray for ABS-CBN. I love my job and I love this nation, so please stop the hating or judging as the world is already at the brink of losing hope,” he said.
“Life is too short to be lived with anger and bitterness in our hearts,” he added.