“Music is a refuge, not an avenue for abuse.”

It stings to hear how toxic masculinity continually corrupts our local indie scene. To tell you, there had been issues like this before where various acts of sexual misconduct were exposed on social media and sadly, another one was added in the queue.

Just last June 11, Calein members dropped an announcement professionally that they bid farewell to their frontman, JD Mustacho who is in the spotlight for alleged inappropriate behavior or sexual abuse.

“Ang CALEIN ay nagdesisyon na humiwalay kay John Dale Mustacho. Ito ay dahil sa paglabas ng mga seryosong alegasyon online patungkol sa mga personal na gawain ni JD. Minabuti ng banda na makipagugnayan sa mga may nalalaman dito. At mula sa pakikipag-usap sa kanila, napagkasunduan na ng banda na hindi na namin maaring ipagpatuloy ang personal at propesyonal na pakikipagugnayan kay JD.”

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Along with parting ways with JD Mustacho, the band have decided to go on hiatus while running an investigation with this issue. Perhaps, this is really the best decision for them while waiting for justice to be served.

“Kaming natitirang miyembro ng Calein ay nagdesisyon din na mag-hiatus muna habang inimbestigahan ang mga alegasyon laban kay JD kasama ang mga legal na usapin patungkol sa mga paratang sa kanya.”

If you’re wondering about the accusations, this started when a girl named Sam Angela Santos unfolded a thread of stories where she tweeted that the singer raped her sister.

In light of these recent allegations, the band also encouraged the victims to speak up and they will extend support to those who will come forward. Moreover, The 28th band recently posted an announcement on their Instagram regarding this issue.

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Probably, this is also the best time to raise awareness to everyone that this kind of misogynistic behavior requires serious responsibility. Like live gigs should be one of the safest venues for people to enjoy music rather than being dragged into this kind of matter.

Well, one way or another, we will really get what we deserve in the end. So, let’s all be mindful, start protecting each other and try to be assertive when it comes to this kind of situation. More so, there will always be high hopes for everyone to be a better person for ourselves and for those who are around us.

Hopefully, victims will have their confidence to expose and speak up for the truth.

What do you think about this serious matter with JD Mustacho?

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