"Napuna ko lang na yung billboard na malalaki, na sa tingin ko na hindi angkop sa mga bata."said Valenzuela City Mayor Gatchalian to the members of the media last July 8.
Mayor Gatchalian is heeding for the immediate dismantling of the huge billboard of the members of Philippine Volcanoes Rugby Team. Of which he finds a 'kakampi' in the person of Mayor Benhur Abalos of Mandaluyong where the 'bird-boards' were located.
Andre Woolf a member of the Volcanoes, regarded this act as 'politicizing'.
"Philippine Volcanoes are endorsing Bench and promoting a team na lumalaban para sa ating bansa, hindi lang billboards promoting ourselves to political popularity." (Wolff via BBM)
Mayor Gatchalian defended, "Kung sa ibang tao tingin nila ito ay artistic, ito ay maganda, pero sa ibang tao ito ay offensive at ito ay hindi maayos, lalong-lalo na sa ating mga kabataan."
"Nagkataon lang na yun lang ang pinakamalalaki na billboard. Iyon lang ang napuna ko." Now, Mayor Gatchalian is convinced that it is BIG.
Another member, Ned Stephenson, said he saw nothing wrong with the ad campaign.
To be fair, there are other 'lewd' billboards in the metro.
"The Mayor of Mandaluyong is having the #Bench #Volcanoes billboards removed.Dati ba wala bang nakalagay na billboard na my nakabrief?," tweeted Andrew Wolff.
Does that mean we could remove also Mayor Abalos' posters in Mandaluyong? It seemed like every corner of the street is occupied with same face.