PEP EXCLUSIVE: Sandwich vocalist Raimund Marasigan's camp denies mauling incident at FHM Sexiest Women party

"Walang bugbugang nangyari, wala silang sinasaktan," defends Darwin Hernandez, manager of local band Sandwhich, about the alleged assault of vocalist Raymund Marasigan on a graphic artist named Eric Encinares (inset) during the 2009 FHM's Sexiest Women party last night, July 9, at the World Trade Center.


It was reported earlier today, July 10, by Emil Sumangil of GMA News that rock group Sandwich vocalist Raimund Marasigan allegedly mauled a graphic artist during the 2009 FHM Sexiest Party held last night, July 9, at the World Trade Center in Pasay City. Sandwich was one of the three featured local bands at the event's pre-show, along with Itchyworms and Kamikazee.

The complainant, identified as Eric Encinares, claimed that he was beaten up by Raimund and his bandmate, drummer Mike Dizon. According to Encinares, the incident happened after Marasigan poured water on them while the rock band was performing on stage.

"Ang initial reaction ko, pagtalikod ko, napamura ako. Kumbaga, lahat din naman ng nabasa, napamura kasi nabasa sila. Parang ano lang, siguro gusto niya [Raimund] lang palabasin, 'Kumakanta kami rito ayaw n'yo kaming pansinin,'" said Encinares on his interview with GMA News.

Encinares, who is also a member of a local band called Sleepyheads, added that after the band's performance, "Nakaharap ako sa stage, 'tapos may biglang bumalya sa likod ko. Pagkabalya sa likod ko, tumalsik ang salamin ko, tapos dinampot ko. 'Tapos, paglingon ko, si Raimund Marasigan ng Sandwich at saka 'yong drummer niya [Mike Dizon]. 'Tapos sinusuntok ako. Hindi ako makalaban, hawak ko yung salami ko at sinasangga ko ng kanang kamay ko 'yong mga suntok."

"WALANG NANGYARING BUGBUGAN." In a separate interview with PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal), Sandwich's manager Darwin Hernandez of Soupstar Entertainment said that there's no truth to Encinares's claims.

"Walang nangyaring bugbugan," he insisted. "Ang alam ko lang, binabasa lang sila [audience] sa stage. 'Yong usual ni Raims [Raimund] na nambabasa. Kumbaga, usual sa kanya 'yon, e. Hindi namin maintindihan kung bakit parang nag-react siya [Encinares] ng ganun.

"Actually, ano, parang nagkaroon ng kumprontasyon, pero hindi bugbugan. Kahit tanong n'yo ang mga bouncer, e. Siyempre, parang ang nangyari, nasa stage 'tapos binabastos ang banda, e."

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But is it true that Raymund's group confronted Encinares at the venue?

"Actually, nilapitan daw talaga siya, kasi parang, 'Bakit mo ako mumurahin sa stage?' Ang alam ko, marami pa 'yon, e. Isa lang yung minumura siya [Raimund] sa stage, e. Marami pang ginawa. Kumbaga, bakit ka magko-confront kung wala namang ginagawa 'yong [tao]? Pero 'yong sinasabi niyang binugbog, nakita n'yo naman siguro sa TV, di ba? May binugbog bang ganun?" asked the band's manager.

Hernandez said that Raimund and the Sandwich are currently in Dumaguete for a show, but the group wants to talk to Encinares and clear this "misunderstanding."

"Balak ngang kausapin ng Sandwich pagkatapos ng show nila [sa Dumaguete]. Actually, noong gabi pa lang na 'yon, talagang kakausapin siya, tanungan lang 'yan, 'Bakit ganun? Bakit ganyan?'" he said.

Hernandez is also hoping that this issue would be settled as soon as both camps talk to each other. "Sa tingin ko, maaayos din naman 'yan. [Miyembro ng] banda rin 'yan, e. Hindi naman namin plinano na lalaki pa 'to. Lumaki lang dahil nasa TV. Pero sa amin, doon pa lang, tapos na 'yan."


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