Candy Pangilinan could not hide her distress last Monday, August 1, when PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) rang her about the cussing incident involving IC Mendoza.
On that same day, Juicy Express had reported: "IC Mendoza crying, pinagmumura daw siya ni Candy Pangilinan last night sa isang event. Wala raw siyang puso, unlike his mom and Inday Badiday. Minura rin daw ni Candy ang TV5 and Juicy."
In the phone conversation with PEP.ph, the comedienne confided, "Lasing ako nun," and remembered saying the curse word. But she only allowed a few words to be quoted.
She said, it was fueled by hurt, "Nadamay kasi yung anak ko, e. Special child yun."
And this she echoed in the statement emailed by her manager Angeli Pangilinan-Valenciano of Manila Genesis Entertainment and Management.
It read: "My son is a special child and it hurt me so much that he has been looked down on by many already to begin with, and some members of the media affiliated with TV5 issued stories about us which, for me, were uncalled for."
But she also realized she was "barking up the wrong tree" when she cornered the Juicy host in an event last July 31.
The statement mentioned: "After much prayer and thinking and counsel, I realized I had associated IC unfairly with the group that hurt me and for this I am truly sorry. "
Here’s the comedienne’s statement in full:
"I never realized the bitterness that I had in my heart until this recent incident happened. I am deeply grieved and offer my sincere apology to IC Mendoza and his mother Dolly Ann Carvajal.
"Admittedly, I had gone beyond my normal limits in drinking and am so sorry for all the pain I caused, having barked up the wrong tree.
"In all honesty, my pain is for my child who was included in some media attacks on me this year.
"My son is a special child and it hurt me so much that he has been looked down on by many already to begin with, and some members of the media affiliated with TV5 issued stories about us which, for me, were uncalled for.
"I kept my silence for months, but now I realize that I had harbored ill-feelings which I never should have done.
"After much prayer and thinking and counsel, I realized I had associated IC unfairly with the group that hurt me and for this I am truly sorry.
"Last Sunday, my guard was down, my judgment was clouded and I lashed out shamelessly against an innocent media personality, IC, whose main reason for approaching me was really to just help me if there was anything for me to promote.
"I have a show in TV5 now and am very excited for a project that I am supposed to be part of soon in the same network. Why on earth would I want to bite the hand that feeds me?
"But I was intoxicated and it is clear that I said far too much more than what was proper. There was no excuse for the outburst and my behavior. I am so sad about what happened.
"When I was reported to have denied cursing IC in pep.ph, I honestly believed I did not say certain things in the way they came across to him.
"There were a lot of words said that were not meant to be conveyed as such. I did not wish to intentionally hurt IC but the damage was done.
"There is a verse that says "In your anger, do not sin." I certainly went against this and in such a major, offensive way.
"For this I am truly sorry for disappointing and offending IC, his family and mine, my friends, my industry, and the public, but above all, God who has blessed me with so much to be grateful for."