Christopher Lao issues statement

Christopher Lao, the UP Law student whose "24 Oras" video interview is making the rounds in social media sites right now (read the details HERE), has reportedly released an official statement.

A screen grab of Christopher Lao's video interview aired on GMA-7 last Tuesday. Copies of the video were uploaded on Youtube and are currently going viral in the internet. | Courtesy of GMA News

In his statement, Lao talked about "wounded feelings" and "sleepless nights" for him and his family. He also apologized for his behavior on national TV and thanked the bystanders who helped him and his family and friends for their support. The said statement was posted by Marlon Cornelio on Facebook.

Here's Christopher Lao's official statement:

Official Statement from Christopher Lao
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. noypistuff

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
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