Why Martin Nievera was left out of 'Yolanda' fundraiser


Posted at Jun 03 2014 04:51 PM | Updated as of Jun 04 2014 02:19 AM

MANILA - "There is nothing I would not do for my countrymen! And it has nothing to do with money!"

These were the words of Martin Nievera after being dropped from a benefit concert for the victims of super typhoon Yolanda because of a "misquoted" talent fee.

The 52-year-old took to Instagram on Saturday to lash out on "some stupid idiot" who represented the singer and set his fee at $110,000 (around P4.8 million).

He explained that this resulted in him being dropped from the Yolanda fundraiser "After The Storm," which will be held at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington on June 15.

"I hate it when this happens! So many people who claim they know u and your price etc! I love my countrymen and in times of need I am there for them and not for money!

"And never for money! NEVER! Some people just have a big mouth! bigger than mine. And that's big! Ask make sure don't believe people who are only out to make money off of us dedicated hard working Filipino entertainers!" the accompanying caption said.

Nievera, who has already headlined and performed in a number of Yolanda fundraisers, went on to clarify that his post was not a criticism of the organizers and producers of the show.

He went on to express his support for the benefit concert, which will feature Broadway actress Lea Salonga, "Glee" star Darren Criss, renowned producer apl.de.ap, and Grammy-winning violinist Joshua Bell.

"Let's all support this very big and important night with some of the biggest names in the industry all on one stage for one cause. To further help our brothers & sisters after the storm," he wrote.