Nagulat si Quezon City Cong. Alfred Vargas pagkagising niya kahapon, July 17, dahil ang dami niyang missed calls at mahigit 50 text messages sa cellphone niya, na karamihan ay mula sa taga-media.
Gusto ng mga ito na hingin ang kanyang panig tungkol sa kumalat na viral video ni Senator Leila de Lima na kumakanta sa kanyang birthday party, kasama diumano ang convicted drug lord na si Herbert Colangco.
Nasangkot si Alfred sa isyung ito dahil sinagot ng kampo ng dating Department of Justice secretary na hindi si Colangco ang nasa video kundi si Alfred Vargas.
Inamin ng actor-politician na siya nga ang katabi ni Secretary De Lima sa naturang video.
Nakatanggap ang PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) ng press statement mula sa representative ng Fifth District ng Quezon City para linawin ang naturang isyu.
Narito ang kabuuan ng press statement na ipinadala ni Alfred na may pamagat na “Alfred Vargas Wrongly Identified as Ampang Dolangco in De Lima Video”:
A video showing Senator Leila De Lima singing at her birthday party has gone viral because a voice in the background is narrating that the senator was singing a song for one of her alleged protected big time drug lords, Herbert ‘Ampang’ Colangco.
At the background, however, is not Ampang Colangco but 5th District-Quezon City Representative Alfred Vargas.
Vargas, who was part of the Liberal Party slate in the May 2016 elections, was celebrating the senator’s birthday that day upon the invitation of Senator De Lima.
“I was at Senator Leila De Lima’s birthday party last year at the DOJ quadrangle as guest,” says Vargas.
“I just want to make it clear that it was me in the video and not Mr. Colangco.
“I had sore eyes at that time so I had to wear sunglasses and could not properly shake hands with everybody.
“It’s a simple case of mistaken identity, perhaps because the video was blurred,” said Vargas.
“Let’s just be careful in making big assumptions like this and be more discerning in forwarding videos that come from unknown sources.”