Ely Buendia has broken his silence on the issues surrounding the inclusion of guitarist and alleged abuser Marcus Adoro in the Eraserheads reunion concert in December.
After the reunion was announced, fans started to call out the band for Adoro's participation despite abuse accusations against him.
In 2019, the guitarist's daughter Syd Hartha and former partner Barbara Ruaro accused him of physical and verbal abuse.
"One of Ely's non-negotiable conditions prior to signing was precisely that Marcus resolve his issues otherwise Ely would not work with him. This was promised by Marcus' management which was why we even considered," Diane Ventura, Buendia's manager, told ANCX.
She continued to say Ely does not condone abuse and that calling him an enabler is "categorically false and absurd."
"We do not condone abuse that is absolute. We acknowledge the pain and suffering of the parties involved and we seek accountability. However, we will do what we can to encourage peace, resolution, and will never get in the way of possible reconciliation or second chances between families," Ventura continued.
Meanwhile, drummer Raymund Marasigan said he would have liked to talk to Adoro privately about the matter and wished for it to be resolved.
The Eraserheads’ reunion concert “Huling El Bimbo” will be held on Dec. 22 at the SMDC Festival Grounds. This will mark the band’s first major reunion after their “The Final Set” concert in 2009.