Amanda Coling asks for apology but doesn't specify from whom

( Amanda Coling's lawyer Apollo Sangalang released a statement via Facebook yesterday, July 19, explaining his client’s course of action regarding the alleged Azkals rape controversy, reports GMA News. Calling the alleged rape an "incident" throughout the statement, Sangalang wrote that his client is postponing legal action while she waits for an apology from the "concerned parties." Previous reports showed that Coling originally intended to press charges for the damages the ordeal has caused her.


Sangalang said Coling had no intention to defame the Azkals team and the condom brand that pulled her out from FHM's Sexiest Women of the World program. "This was precisely the point she was trying to make in her media interviews and TV appearances. She was trying to send out positivity and peace to everyone. She was extending love as a way of countering the prejudice that she experienced. Unfortunately, the message got drowned out (by) sensationalism and cynicism," Sangalang wrote, who in the statement neither described the "incident" nor identified the "concerned parties" who had to apologize.


Sangalang also said people found Coling’s actions difficult to understand. "Yes, she still experiences pain, agony, suffering, and anger. But she doesn't despair, at least not for long. She shifts, bounces back, and moves forward quickly, sometimes too soon." Sangalang also explained that his client initially shied away from the media because she wanted to forget the Azkals incident and has already moved past being removed from the FHM show.


"To set the record straight, she never specifically named, identified, or blamed anyone as liable or responsible, despite attempts by certain entities to put words into her mouth. It is highly unfair to subject anyone to trial by publicity," Sangalang wrote.



Sangalang ended his statement by saying that they are deferring to take legal action so the "concerned parties" can reflect on the issue and pray for enlightenment. "(Coling) believes that everyone makes mistakes and deserves second chances. She is therefore open to accepting an apology from the concerned parties... She knows that the universal law of karma will eventually serve poetic justice in favor of the deserving consistent with her Rosicrucian beliefs."


For more on this story, log on to GMA News. To view Atty. Apollo Sangalang’s complete statement, log on to his Facebook page.

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