Bye-bye sexy Bench ad along EDSA?

by Camille Naredo and Ira Pedrasa, abs-cbnNEWS.com

Posted at Jul 07 2011 04:53 PM | Updated as of Jul 08 2011 05:24 AM

MANILA, Philippines – Mandaluyong City Mayor Benhur Abalos is asking advertisers to take down the billboard of the Philippine Volcanoes along EDSA-Guadalupe.

The Bench billboard features the members of the Philippine rugby team posing in their underwear.

"Hindi ko pinapaalis, I am just requesting advertisers to have it removed," Abalos told abs-cbnNEWS.com.

He said the advertisers have already committed to removing the ad.

The Bench billboard features the members of the Philippine rugby team posing in their underwear.

Abalos said that the advertisement was inappropriate, especially since it was placed prominently along a busy area. He added that he was specially concerned about children who see the ad.

Abalos, mayor of the city where the billboard is located, said he found out about the ad from Valenzuela City Mayor Sherwin Gatchalian.

Gatchalian said he covered his nephews' eyes when they passed the billboard.

"That road is in the center of Metro Manila, ang daming dumadaan," Abalos said.

But the mayor insists that this is not a moral issue.

"Baka sabihin nila nagpapaka-moralista ako. I'm not very conservative," he said.

He also said that he did not know the players who posed for the ad.

Abalos will also check another Bench billboard located along EDSA Guadalupe, which features the Azkals' team captain, Aly Borromeo, also posing in his underwear.