Philippine Volcanoes react on their Bench billboards removal issue


Members of the Philippine rugby team finally voiced their reactions to the recent dismantling of several billboards in Mandaluyong City showing them wearing nothing but their underwear.

Mayor Benhur Abalos earlier requested advertisers to take down the gigantic underwear ads along EDSA near the Guadalupe Bridge after receiving several complaints from people who found the billboards "inappropriate and offensive," including fellow Mayor Sherwin Gatchalian of Valenzuela.

The Valenzuela mayor said he had to ask his niece to cover her eyes while they were driving along the section of EDSA in Guadalupe.

Philippine Volcanoes member Ned Stephenson, featured in the underwear ads, said he saw nothing wrong with the ad campaign, adding that he has seen more "lewd" billboards scattered in the metro.

"Heard bout the billboards being taken down! but thank you all for still supporting the @PhilippineRugby," Stephenson said on his Twitter account.

"Well its to help promote rugby i dont think its that bad to be honest there's more "mahalay" billboards!," he added.

Another Volcanoes member Arnold Aninion, also on his Twitter account, admitted being "surprised" by the advertisers decision to heed Abalos' request.

"But greatful for the support and work Bench did to spread awareness of rugby and for us volcanoes," he added.

Meanwhie, Actor-model Andrew Wolff, who has been playing the Volcanoes since 2007, also tossed his two cents on the issue, saying the government seemed to be having double standards in regulating billboards.

"The Mayor of Mandaluyong is having the #Bench #Volcanoes billboards removed.Dati ba wala bang nakalagay na billboard na my nakabrief?," he said on Twitter.

Wolff went further and took a pot shot at Abalos. "Puwede bang patanggal din ang sangkatutak na mga billboard ni Mr A. sa Manda.? Kailangan bang makita ka sa bawat kanto? ," the actor-model said.

'Hay Salamat!'

Gatchalian earlier expressed relief that the billboards could no longer be seen along EDSA.

"Hay Salamat! The 'men in briefs' billboards along Edsa are GONE. Thank you very much Mayor Abalos. Our kids can pass edsa safely now," he said on Twitter

Gatchalian however responded to criticisms that he seemed to be critical only about sexy billboard with male models and not female ones, saying he would even push for an across-the-board billboard monitoring and regulation.

"Regulate everything regardless of gender. Again, it's for the good of the general public... I will push for stronger regulation and censorship of billboards. Gov't should regulate ads irregardless of gender," he stressed.

He said he found nothing wrong at the "content" of the underwear billboard but thought it was inappropriately erected at a wrong location.

Gatchalian also said he has nothing against the athletes or the clothing line that they promoted. "[Actually] I do support our PH athletes," he stressed.

via GMANews.TV
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