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.
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."