In his Facebook post dated November 30, Benjie Paras shared his sentiments about a report from PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) involving his son Andre Paras.
The news story, which was published last November 29, mainly discussed how Andre is handling his pursuit of basketball as well as his growing showbiz career.
It was based on an interview of PEP’s contributing writer Melba Llanera with Andre during the 28th Star Awards for TV, held at Solaire Resort and Casino, in Parañaque City, last November 23.
BENJIE’S OPEN LETTER TO PEP. Apparently, Benjie got upset after reading the article, insisting that his son Andre was misquoted about “getting tired and sick” of his regular basketball training.
Here is Benjie’s statement from his Facebook account (Benjie Paras Official) published in full, as is.
Except for paragraph length, which we adjusted for online reading, we are doing so.
“Napapansin po namin na tila di kayo panig sa aming pamilya. Panay ang pagsusulat ninyo at pagpapalaki ng mga isyung di nakakatulong sa pananahimik ng aming buhay.
“Malala pa diyan, you interview my kids and you edit out important details of their answers.
“Pinagmumukha ninyo silang masama sa pagbabaliktad ng mga sagot nila.
“Please do not quote us unless you print our answers verbatim.
“Andre Alonzo Paras NEVER said he was tired and sick of training.
"He agreed that his days may be tiring because of taping, school, and basketball, but he NEVER said he was sick of any of these things.
“Why would a scholar student athlete say that about the sport that has brought him to 2 good schools?
“Paki linaw lang po dahil deretso kong sinasabi sa inyong hindi yan ang nararamdaman ni Andre kaya wala rin siyang sasabihin na ganyan.
“Tama na po ang paninira ninyo sa Pamilyang Paras. Please lang.”
PEP OFFICIAL STATEMENT: Having played back the interview with Andre, we see that the initial reading of our reporter is flawed.
Andre, speaking very fast, actually said he’s not getting sick and tired of his basketball training.
We apologize for the distress that this must have caused his father Benjie Paras.
As for Benjie’s other conclusions that PEP is deliberately doing this to ruin his family, we have no such agenda and would be open to meeting to discuss why the family feels this way in the hope that we can understand each other better.
In the meantime, we are publishing an excerpt of the audio file of the November 23 interview between our PEP contributor and Andre for reference.
BENJIE’S RESPONSE. A few hours after posting this statement, Benjie posted another message to thank PEP for admitting its mistake.
"Thank you for admitting your mistake, for the apology, and for the clarification. I appreciate it."