Jamir Garcia’s domestic partner Sojina Jaya Crisostomo went live on Facebook early afternoon on 27 November, pouring out her grief over the death of the Slapshock frontman, and accusing people she held responsible for creating media attention concerning the band’s money disputes and a criminal complaint filed against Garcia by Slapshock guitarist Jerry Basco.
Speaking in Filipino, she said Garcia was hurt and never recovered from public backlash following the publication of a series of news reports on Daily Tribune which chronicled the incidents that led Basco to sue Garcia, his first cousin, for estafa and qualified theft.
“You created a circus!” she said in the 13-minute video, referring to certain individuals but stopped short of naming them.
Overcome with emotion, she was in tears throughout the video. She defended Garcia and kept repeating that he was a good man.
At one point, she said Garcia was only after his bandmates’ welfare and was generous to a fault.
She said the court case against Garcia was based on fake news.
In a formal complaint filed on 12 October at the Quezon City Prosecutor’s Office, Basco accused Garcia of unauthorized cash withdrawals and misappropriation of almost P1 million cash in talent fees from a corporate sponsor.
The band broke up before the lawsuit was filed.
The case was in its preliminary stage when Garcia was found in the morning of 26 November in the bathroom of his residence, hanging by a window with a blanket tied around his neck, according to police.
He was dead on arrival in a Quezon City hospital. He was 42.