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Arnel Pineda's dark past revealed (TV Patrol 01-23-09)

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Published on Jan 23, 2009

Arnel Pineda tells it all. TV Patrol interview with Korina Sanchez (Jan.23,2009-Manila)

ENGLISH TRANSLATION courtesy of LOU
(Posted on Arnel Pineda's Official Website)

A well-known Filipino lead vocalist of the band Journey confesses that he was once addicted to drugs. Arnel Pineda gave a warning to the youth against the use of prohibited drugs. Exclusive on patrol - Chief Correspondent, Korina Sanchez.

He was an unknown singer then who is now suddenly being mobbed in America as the lead vocalist of the popular Journey band. He is Arnel Pineda, born and raised in Sampaloc (in Manila) and grew up in poverty.

Arnel: Rusmon and I washed jeepneys, then slept in Luneta (a park in Manila).

Korina: How often did you sleep in Luneta?

Arnel: Maybe, I did that once a weekthere were times then that I didnt eat for 3 days.

He admitted that when he despaired for not reaching his dreams, he tried using prohibited drugs, liked it, and became addicted.

Arnel: to the point that I would have...I wished that I was dead

For Arnels family, especially to his wife Cherry, that was the most miserable thing that happened to their life, When he gets drunk, he cries so I asked him, What is the problem? And then I found out he was using drugs.

Arnel lost his mother early in his life when she died of a lung problem. He said that it was his mother who saved him before he totally became wasted in drugs. I think my mother was there all the time. Every time I thought I was almost dying and gave up hope in my life, I felt she whispered to me and asked, Why are you doing this?

Because of drugs, Arnel almost lost everything. It was my wife who saved meit was my birthday and we were having fun. I was high on drugs; I was high on alcohol. While Cherry was upstairs, she was packing her bag. When I went up, she told me she was leaving and will have to leave me behind. And that woke me up

At this time, news about use of prohibited drugs are all over and Arnel has a message to the drug users, Drugsit will never do you any good. It will destroy your life, it will destroy your dream, it will destroy your hopes, it will destroy your family. Bottom line, STAY AWAY, REALLY STAY AWAY FROM IT." - Korina Sanchez, Patrol ng Pilipino.

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