Following the recent Pepe Smith Rockfest at the Amoranto Sports Complex over the weekend, Pepe Smith has opened up about mishaps that occurred at the music festival.
The 70-year-old rock icon took to Facebook to release a statement, revealing that his manager Mark de Leon had allegedly swindled Smith and the other 74 bands that performed at the music festival last Saturday (06/02).
"Nais ko pong humingi ng paumanhin sa inyo dahil sa nangyari nung Sabado sa Pepe Smith Rock Fest," Smith says in the video. "Napakalaking kalokohan yung nangyari doon na hindi namin inaakala, dahil ang producer at organizer ng event na yun na si Mark De Leon, manager ko po yun."
Smith, who has survived three strokes, reveals, "Nung maaga-aga pa sinasabi ko na sa kanya, unahin mo na yung mga banda na tumugtog kasi nga, tapos na, dapat maibigay na yung dapat maibigay sa kanila para makaalis na sila nang matiwasay." He then adds that when the performers began heading home, they all realized that De Leon wasn't answering texts and calls and that he had already left the venue. He later on adds that he has since received numerous messages regarding what De Leon did and if he was involved. "Hindi po… Hindi ako sumasangayon sa ganung usapan dahil mahal ko ang Pinoy rock at ang mga banda, dahil kung di sa kanila, wala ako dito. Kung hindi din sa inyo, wala ako dito. Tandaan niyo yan. Utang na loob ko sa inyo yan habang buhay."
The Pepe Smith Rockfest was initially set to happen in November 2017 as the biggest music festival in the country, but due to Smith's health condition prior to the event, it was then postponed.
Watch Smith's apology below.