Official Statement from Christopher Lao

I’m not sure if this is true, though. Anyway, to be fair, here’s he’s side of the, er, I dont’ know.

If you don’t know what happened, you better see this (click the link) first before reading Lao’s message below.

4 August 2011

The past few days have been very disheartening for me and my family. As you know I have been a subject of a viral video that showed my helplessness during a trying moment. As it stands right now, I have several hate pages in Facebook and Twitter with hurtful and derogatory messages attacking my person. The reputation that I built the past years has been besmirched. A bad day has now turned into wounded feelings and sleepless nights for me and my family.

I have been silent the past few days as I want this to go away soon but not before saying sorry and thank you to people who matter.

I would like to apologize for my behavior that was seen on nationwide television and now on the internet. It was unfortunate that I was caught on camera immediately after an overwhelmingly stressful mishap.

I would like to again sincerely thank those who braved the flood to help a distraught stranger like me. Their selfless act reminded me of how dependable Filipinos are in times of crisis.

Lastly, I would like to thank my family, friends and all of those who showed empathy, consideration and support throughout these trying times. You have given me strength and courage to rise above and be a better person.

Sincerely yours,
Christopher Lao

And here are some of the reactions to his statement (I chose the first five on the visible list):

Why is he apologizing? What for? What behavior? Terrible judgment call, yes. But we all make that once in a while. He did nothing to deserve the ridicule he got. He should be apologized to, not the one apologizing. Just a thought. – Hanniyah P. Sevilla

ABOUT TIME. Kung tinutulungan ka, mag-thank you ka. wag mo syang sisihin. (If someone’s helping you, thank them. Don’t blame them.) Good thing this is out. – Raph G. Doval-Santos

Lao does not owe the internet an apology. He owes those bystanders he insulted and blamed a good time. Good that he learned to man up. The bullying has to stop somehow, for both Lao and the whole internetz. – Marc Ayende (The Hypocrite: I like that internetz! Hahahahahaha!)

copy-paste time! – Fernan Mascarinas (The Hypocrite: Yeah!)

Lao was arrogant in the video that was broadcasted nationwide. No wonder people had a negative reaction upon seeing the said video clip. This is no excuse though for the type of criticism that he received via the internet. Just a thought. 🙂 – Ana Karina Bartolome

My reaction

It’s good that you apologized for your behavior. You should have thought hard before you spoke your heart out. I understand that you were flustered at that time and you were not able to contain your emotions. But that’s a lesson to be learned. When you face a media camera, be at your very best.

IMHO, you should apologize to the traffic enforcers. It’s not their job to teach you common-sense.

Now, get up and regain your “reputation you built the past years that was besmirched” by this viral video.


Posted on August 4, 2011, in Entertainment, WTF and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Bruce in Iloilo

    OK, the guy made a classic mistake…you do not drive into water, any water, without being sure of the depth. And then in his frustration/shame/embarrassment lashed out. Two strikes.

    Nor is this a government problem. When are we going to stop relying on the government — in this case traffic aids — to run our lives? Hey guys, we are grown human beings. We should be responsible for ourselves and our neighborhood. Three strikes.

    But he also has a point — someone should have told him — if anyone, say the camera crew, knew.

    That is what neighborliness, humanity, civic-minded-ness requires. Selfish, rude, uncaring people let strangers do stupid things. The camera crew and all the other neighbors were rude, uncaring, un-friendly because they sat back and let him do something stupid.

    Just as he deserves to be blamed for his behavior, they deserve to be blamed for their cold, uncaring behavior. This is not an either-or situation. All are at fault. All failed to act as they should.

    To give two people credit, they did help. The camera crew just stood around and selfishly did nothing, but there were two that helped push him out — after no one did anything to stop him from going in.

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