Singer-songwriter Bullet Dumas took to Facebook last night to announce that he will no longer be taking part in this Saturday's OPM Against Drugs Festival. The annual event by Rakista Radio, Rakrakan Festival, took on a new theme and advocacy this year, local musicians against illegal drugs.
A few days ago, electronic musician and singer-songwriter BP Valenzuela voiced out her thoughts on the festival's theme via Twitter, saying that she wanted to clear the air regarding her participation in the festival. She shared that while she opposes the administration's views and ways of dealing with the country's drug issues, she has made a commitment and wishes there was a proper venue for drug education instead.
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i don't want my playing to be misconstrued as support for the admin's war. if anything i hope there is a proper avenue for drug education— big papi ✾꒡ .̮ ꒡✾ (@valenzuelabp) January 9, 2017
UPDATE (January 13, 2017 - 12:06 PM): BP has just announced on Twitter that she will no longer be performing at Rakrakan Festival.
In a report by TV5's Interaksyon.com last Monday, the organizers said that new theme was supposed to help educate the people on drug prevention and rehabilitation.
They also added that several government agencies — Pasay City Anti-drug Abuse Council, Dangerous Drugs Board, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, and the Rehabilitation, Alternative Programs, and Interventions for Preventing Illegal Drug-Dependency Response Consortium — were involved in the planning of the event. The organizers also clarified that though they support the government's campaign against illegal drugs, they do not condone the killing of innocent persons.
Bullet Dumas is the first artist from the Indie Stage to withdraw his participation from the said festival. He states that "My personal beliefs and convictions may be challenged if I continue to join the show."
He also added that he is against the indiscriminate killings of persons accused of involvement in illegal drugs and hopes for truth and justice to prevail in the so-called war on drugs.
Bullet's public persona and music has had political tones and shades over the past few months (he was also part of the November 30 rally against the hero's burial for the dictator Ferdinand Marcos) but has never made a concrete and specific statement until now.
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Earlier this week, pop singer KZ Tandingan's record label Star Music, announced that the X Factor Philippines winner will no longer be part of the festival. KZ's reason for cancellation wasnot stated in the announcement. She was scheduled to play on the Move Stage with labelmates Ebe Dancel and Charice.
OPM Against Drugs Festival is happening on Saturday, January 14 at the SM Mall of Asia Open Grounds.