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Music event organizers drop local bands amid sexual misconduct allegations

Local bands Sud and Jensen and the Flips were dropped from two musical events following sexual misconduct allegations. Facebook.com/Sud, Jensen and the Flips

MANILA, Philippines — Two musical events canceled their invitations to local bands on Wednesday after sexual misconduct allegations surfaced online.

Vandals On the Wall, an online magazine on Philippine independent and mainstream music, released an official statement removing local band Jensen and the Flips from its event “The Rest is Noise Year-End” after some of the band members faced sexual harassment allegations.

“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 Flips to perform in our year-end show,” Vandals On the Wall said in a statement.

“We are reaffirming our position: We do not and will not condone, tolerate, or enable any vile or reprehensible behavior that exploits and abuses women,” it added.

“The Rest is Noise” music event celebrating musical talents is slated to be held on November 25 at the Century City Mall Event Space in Makati City.

READ: ‘Weinstein effect’ reaches Philippines, artists accused of sexual misconduct

Aside from Jensen and the Flips, local band Sud was also removed from a separate musical event.

One of the organizers of the University of the Philippines Fair, UP Babaylan, announced that it is also withdrawing its invitation to Sud to perform. The student organization advocates the rights of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

In a social media post, Vince Liban of UP Babaylan said the sexual harassment allegations reached their team and they were prompted to cancel their invitation to the band.

“As an org who values and advocates for women and their rights, we cannot tolerate these kinds of behavior,” Liban said.

“Women deserve no less. We can all listen to great music without women getting hurt,” he added.

Several bands were called out by netizens on Thursday after Twitter user @_tapsilog made a thread discussing their alleged sexual misconduct.

Among the local band members mentioned in the thread were Jensen Gomez, Carlo Maraingan, and Sammy Valenia of Jensen and the Flips; Sud Ballecer, Jimbo Cuenco, Kohl Aguilar of Sud; and Justin Teano of MilesExperience.

Coke Studio also issued a statement terminating its partnership with Jensen and the Flips after the allegations.
“#CokeStudioPH was created to serve as an inspiration to the youth; and will remain as an avenue that fosters a culture of respect and dignity through the songs we create and the collaborations we make.”

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