Manila Idol Matsuri release statement on theft incident as performers seek legal action

The organizers of the recently concluded Manila Idol Matsuri have released a statement regarding the theft incident happened last September 2.

In the statement, the organizers say that they“are committed to conducting a careful and a thorough investigation” about what happened. “Rest assured that the matter is currently being investigated by the Makati City Police.. The organizers of the MIM are likewise giving their best efforts to resolve the matter at the earliest possible time.”, says the statement.

The organizers of the MIM are committed to conducting a careful and athorough investigation on the pending issue…

Posted by Manila Idol Matsuri on Friday, September 7, 2018
Full statement of the Manila Idol Matsuri organizers

Several performers of the Manila Idol Matsuri voiced their displeasure on their personal social media accounts about the incident. An estimated Php80,000 worth of items such as wallets and gadgets were stolen at the event’s backstage citing poor security by the organizers.

There were also issues of alleged victim-blaming, intimidation and harassment on the part of the organizers.

In a recent post, they are looking to take legal actions. “It’s about time to take matters legally. It’s one thing that they wouldn’t admit their neglect in security, but intimidating the victims makes things even worse”, one of the performers said.

Congrats to everyone who performed yesterday. I know how hard it is to keep up with expectations and the pressure for…

Posted by Kibi Lim on Monday, September 3, 2018
A.L.I.C.E. member Kibi Lim

as everyone has heard, yes, some groups were robbed at Manila Idol Matsuri, including me. I dont think the management…

Posted by Gabiolie Gabo on Tuesday, September 4, 2018
Project Urodia member Gabiolie Gabo

siguro kasi maliit na pangalan lang ako kaya binabaliwala lang yung issue ng management of Manila Idol Matsuri. if this…

Posted by Seushi Cahill on Tuesday, September 4, 2018
Solo idol artist Seushi Cahill

Manila Idol Matsuri is dubbed as the biggest gathering of Pinoy independent Japanese idol-inspired groups. It featured several hours of performance from the most popular Pinoy J-Idol inspired group. AKB48’s official sister group in the Philippines, MNL48 made an appearance at the event.