17 Aug – ABS-CBN has recently released a statement of apology on behalf of its long-running show, "Ang Probinsyano" for the use of Dingdong Dantes and Marian Rivera's family photos on the show.
As reported on Rappler, the statement which was released on 14 August in response to the backlash from Dantes and Rivera's fans, stressed that there was no intent to disrespect or offend the actor and his family.
"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," the statement added.
It is noted that Dantes had previously addressed the issue when it was brought to his attention by his fans, saying that he has already written a letter to the network to express his thoughts and opinion about it.
"Ang Probinsyano" previously used an edited version of Dantes and Rivera's wedding photo as a prop for the 8 August episode. The couple's fans also revealed that it was not the first time they have done it, as a photo from Dantes' daughter Zia's baptism was also used in a November 2017 episode.
(Photo Source: Dingdong Dantes Instagram)