Sa unang pagkakataon ay ikinuwento ni Billy Crawford kung ano ang nangyari at nagbunsod ng pagwawala niya sa isang presinto sa Taguig noong madaling-araw ng September 7, Linggo.
Galing noon si Billy sa Star Magic Ball na ginanap sa Shangri-La Makati noong September 6, Sabado.
Matatandaang na-detain ng isang araw ang singer-actor sa Taguig Police Headquarters pagkatapos niyang gumawa ng eksena sa Precinct 7 ng Taguig City.
Sa The Buzz ng ABS-CBN kahapon, September 14, ibinahagi ni Billy kung ano naganap bago ang Star Magic Ball, sa Star Magic Ball mismo, at pagkatapos ng naturang event kunsaan humantong siya sa presinto.
Lahad ng It’s Showtime host, “It was definitely a memorable night. We were so happy.
“Actually, there’s nothing that triggered anything from the Ball, e.
“Sabi ko, ‘Sige, akyat muna ako. Let’s go out, have a good time with our friends.’
“Kasama pa namin sina Matteo [Guidicelli], Coleen [Garcia, Billy’s girlfriend].
"So, we went to a club. We got there…
“And this is the first time I’m gonna speak about it, para malinaw sa lahat.
“Unang-una po sa lahat, sa mga espekulasyon ng mga tao na kami ni Coleen, nag-away, there’s something… let’s just put that to rest.
“Actually, she had nothing to do with this.
“To be honest with you, when you go to a club and you’re a celebrity, ang daming nangsisira ng araw mo, e.”
Patuloy ni Billy, “There were a few guys, that nobody knew who they were… I didn’t know who they were.
“And we ended up in the same section where we were.
“They kept on pointing fingers and laughing. Nang-iinis doon sa amin sa lamesa, nang-aasar na.
“So, ako, medyo, ’Okay, I’m on my guard now.’
"I’m with Coleen, I don’t want anything to happen to her, including our friends and to myself as well.
“Parang, ‘Sige, alis na rin tayo, let’s just go.’”
Yung sinasabi niyang nang-aasar, pisikal ba ito o nagsabi ng salitang nag-aggravate sa nararamdaman niya?
“Umabot na sa konting pisikal at konting dakdak,” pag-amin ni Billy.
UNDER THE INFLUENCE. Lasing ba siya noong sandaling iyon?
Sagot ni Billy, “I’m not completely wasted, but I admitted to be having alcohol.
"And I admitted to have a few so many drinks, I should say."
Dagdag pa niya, “I’ve been into a lot of stress and I really, really didn’t want any of these to happen talaga, e.
“So, hanggang sa umalis na lang ako, I went down.
“Actually, pinauna ko pa si Coleen, ‘Just go and I’ll follow.’
“’Okay,’ then she left.
“All of a sudden, I just feel so aggravated, annoyed.
“I went out and I just wanted to clear my head and then I ended up bumping my car.
“Yun na, it just took its toll on me.
“Parang, ‘What’s happening with me?’ I just need to settle down.
“I don’t know who lives nearby… wala, e. And then, I’m calling friends to call me, meet me.”
Nasaan si Coleen noong mga oras na yun?
Ayon kay Billy, “Wala na, apparently she fell asleep the whole time. She has no idea.
“Eksakto, I called Coleen’s friends, which is the girl in red—that’s what everybody’s talking about.
“She actually went with me, ‘tapos napaupo lang ako sa curve.
“Naaano ako, nanginginig na ako sa hindi ko alam na naiisip ko na.
“I don’t really wanna drive hurting myself or hurting anyone else.
“Eksakto, I saw the precinct. Kasi, I needed to calm down.”
NO TO DRUGS. Ang isa sa anggulong tinitingnan ay baka raw nasa ilalim siya ng impluwensiya ng ipinagbabawal na gamot noong sandaling iyon.
Isang bagay na nilinaw ni Billy.
Saad niya, “When I was actually arrested na and taken to Taguig, I actually sat down in front of Major and few other officers.
“And they asked me, ‘Would you mind taking a drug test?’
“’Sure. Wala naman po akong maitatago.’
“I do not do drugs and I never will.
“So, I did my drug test, it was negative.
“As usual, as I’ve said.”
May nasaktan ba siya?
Diin ni Billy, “Wala po, walang-wala akong tinamaan.
“Never hit anyone and never get physical with anybody.”
REFLECTION. Dahil sa nangyari ay marami ang nagtatanong kung may pinagdadaanan ba si Billy.
Kaya tanong ng The Buzz host na si Boy Abunda sa kanya: Masaya ba siya?
Tugon ni Billy, “Siguro my fault, kasi I’m the type of person who never opens up to anyone. I keep everything here.
“I was raised to make everyone feel comfortable.
“No matter how close someone gets to you, I don’t want to involve you with my problem.
“That was my mistake.”
Nagbago na ba yun?
“Yes. I really think that there’s a dark side in this world that keeps on poking us and keep on… alam mo yun, the negative.
“They always drag us down.
“And now, I realized, there’s actually a God that you can go to.
“He’s actually there, looking at me, waiting for me. It’s an eye-opener.
“About any vices, about anything na negative, ito na ‘to.
“It’s a change, e.
“That’s why it’s my fault and I apologize to everybody. Kasi, wala naman akong nasaktan.
“Pero I apologize, bilang public figure, I should be more responsible.”
COLEEN GARCIA. Sa kabila naman ng mga intriga kay Billy, nananatiling nakasuporta at ipinagtatanggol siya ng girlfriend niyang si Coleen Garcia.
Kumusta sila ni Coleen?
Sabi ni Billy, “We’re getting through this. We’re being strong.
“I really wouldn’t be out if it wasn’t for her help.
“When the news came out, there’s a wrong accusation right away. Nanakit ako ng babae.
“First of all, I don’t and I never will. I treat girls properly and ipinagtanggol niya ako.
“Laking pasasalamat… she means the world to me.”
Is she “the one”?
Sagot niya, “I pray every single day that she is the one.
“If God gave us unconditional love, that’s what I’m willing to give her as well.”
RUMORED SUSPENSION. Nilinaw rin ni Billy ang usap-usapang na-suspend daw siya mula sa noontime show ng ABS-CBN na It’s Showtime.
“I know po… ABS just really wanted me to rest and assess everything and just to make the right decision to everyone.
“Pero they talked to me about it and they said, ‘Pahinga ka muna.’”
Tinanong naman ni Boy si Billy tungkol sa Instagram post niyang ito: “If God can turn night into day, He can turn burden into blessing.”
Ano ang ibig niyang sabihin dito?
Saad ni Billy, “It was actually the first time I looked in Instagram, the first day, and I thought, it wasn’t gonna be nice.
“I expected it na because, people are harsh. People who don’t know you, they are really judgmental.
“I saw that quote in one of my friend’s page.
“It dawned on me. I felt that it was right for me.
“God will prevail and He will make my soggy road into better pasture, into something sturdy.
“I’m all over the place and we all live and we all learn.
“And what’s the best way to learn, through Him.”