'Ang Probinsyano' apologizes to Dingdong Dantes for using family photos

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 14 2018 05:08 PM

A photo of celebrity couple Dingdong Dantes and Marian Rivera. The former called out the producers of 'Ang Probinsyano' this week for using their wedding photo without permission for scene.  Nice Print Photography

The producers of the primetime series "FPJ's Ang Probinsyano" has apologized to actor Dingdong Dantes for using altered photos of him and his family in recent episodes.

In a statement released Tuesday, the producers of the ABS-CBN program said there was no "intent to disrespect or offend them," and explained that the production was unaware that the contractor responsible for creating props had used photos of Dantes' family.

The producers added that they have already launched an investigation "to prevent a similar incident from happening in the future." 

The full statement can be read below: 

"FPJ's Ang Probinsyano" apologizes to Dingdong Dantes and his family and assures that there was no intent to disrespect or offend him and his family in the use of their photos in the program.

"The production team commissioned a third-party contractor to create the photo props used in the program. It was not aware that the original of the photographs used were those from Mr. Dantes’ wedding and the baptism of his daughter.

"The program is conducting further investigation to prevent a similar incident from happening in the future." 

Over the weekend, fans of Dantes noticed that a wedding photo of the actor and his wife Marian Rivera were used in the August 8 episode of "Ang Probinsyano."

The photo was edited to make it appear that it was a wedding photo of Vice President Lucas Cabrera and Second Lady Catherine Cabrera, characters portrayed by Edu Manzano and Alice Dixson, respectively. 

Fans also pointed out a similar incident last year, when the show aired a scene that featured an edited photo of Dantes and Rivera, this time with their daughter Maria Letizia. 

A screenshot taken by fans calling out the unauthorized use of the wedding of Dantes and his wife Marian in scene in "Ang Probinsyano," which aired last week.

The documented instances prompted a reaction from Dantes, who shared on Facebook that he was dismayed and deeply concerned over the unauthorized use of his family's photos. 

"Courtesy and fair practice must always be observed especially in an established industry like ours," he wrote. "I do hope that this won't happen again to anyone."