Karen Bordador has returned to the "outside world" after spending five years behind bars.
The DJ, model, host, writer, and blogger launched her own YouTube channel to talk about reuniting with her family after being acquitted of all charges of conspiring to sell illegal drugs.
In August 2016, police conducted a buy-bust operation and claimed to have recovered ecstasy in Karen's possession. Karen said she was just visiting her then-boyfriend, Emilio Lim, when the incident happened. Authorities seized three million pesos worth of ecstasy, marijuana, marijuana oil, and other drug paraphernalia from Emilio's condo unit.
"In the morning, I had a 2:00 to 6:00 a.m. radio show [and] in the afternoon I had an event wherein I was an influencer for," Karen recalled in her video upload. "I had a bunch of food, so I thought, maybe I'll visit my ex then for a surprise. So I did that and then 30 seconds later, upon my arrival, just 30 seconds, my life completely changed."
"Imagine, just 30 seconds. I would lose like years of my life, my career, my everything, really. Basically, I was at the wrong place at the wrong time. If I would've gone elsewhere that day or if I was a little later, like, a few seconds later, that would not happen to me at all."
On June 15, 2021, Karen was acquitted of all charges of conspiracy to sell illegal drugs.
"I've been waiting for that day for the longest time, like, every single day, I would pray, pray, pray, pray, pray. When the verdict was announced, I super cried."
Despite being in jail for five years, Karen says she's made so much progress.
"I've really elevated myself, learned so [many] skills, read 300-plus books or probably more, created a library inside the jail, so I felt so, so blessed. Sabi ko, 'This year, 2021, will be my year.'"
"Seeing the world again is just so surreal. Like, I know I belong there, pero after five years, there's just so many different sights."
"Finally, to clear my name in court and to be able to prove [to] the justice system that I don't deserve to be there, that I should be home."
Through her YouTube channel, Karen hopes to share what she went through in prison and her new life outside of jail.
"I can't wait to share everything that happened to me inside. Yes, pretty crazy things, so that's a lot of stories to share.
"There's going to be a lot of challenges na I know I have to go through."
Watch Karen's vlog here: