Other sexy billboards at risk of being removed

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 08 2011 10:58 PM | Updated as of Jul 09 2011 06:58 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Other sexy billboards along EDSA are at risk of being removed as Valenzuela Mayor Sherwin Gatchalian wants to regulate the installation of such on major thoroughfares all over the metro.

Gatchalian, the same person who asked Mandaluyong Mayor Benhur Abalos to take down billboards of the Philippine Volcanoes along EDSA-Guadalupe, seeks to discuss the issue with the Metro Manila Council.

"Madalas dumaan dito 'yung mga pamangkin ko...Personally, hindi dapat makita ng mga bata 'yung mga ganun na mga billboard...napaka-vulgar niya (My nephews and nieces pass by EDSA often...Personally, I think kids should not see those kinds of billboards...it's too vulgar)," he told ABS-CBN News.

Abalos on Thursday asked advertisers to remove the Philippine Volcanoes' billboards along EDSA-Guadalupe. The said billboards feature members of the rugby team showing off their well-sculpted bodies as they posed in colored underwear.

Netizens were quick to react to the removal of the billboards, with most of them saying that what Abalos did was "unfair."

"Marami talagang tumatawag sa akin (A lot of people have been calling me up) so I have to do something about the problem," Abalos explained.

The Volcanoes' billboards passed the screening process of the Advertising Board of the Philippines, with executive director Jones Campos saying that these were tastefully done.

"We feel it's a matter of advertising this product...in this case...I think they are selling what...brief na panglalaki (men's briefs)," he said.

Campos hopes that mayors will think twice about regulating billboards, saying that this may violate advertisers' rights. -- Report from Zen Hernandez, ABS-CBN News