To be ‘ninong’ at her wedding, Lacson ‘glad’ Angel Locsin cleared of NPA links

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HEARING ON RED-TAGGING OF CELEBRITIES AND ORGANIZATIONS: Sen. Panfilo Lacson, chair of the Committee on National Defense and Security, Peace, Unification and Reconciliation, presides over the hearing on proposed Senate Resolution No. 559, which directs the Senate Committee to exercise its oversight authority over the defense sector on the issue of red-tagging/ red-baiting of certain celebrities, personalities, institutions, and organizations.  (Joseph Vidal/ Senate PRIB)

MANILA, Philippines — Senator Panfilo Lacson heaved a sigh of relief after getting assurance from a military official that actress and philanthropist Angel Locsin is not part of the New People’s Army, disclosing that he will likely be a principal sponsor at her wedding.

Lacson made the disclosure during Tuesday’s Senate defense committee hearing on the alleged red-tagging of celebrities and organization by military officials.

The senator was asking Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Southern Luzon Command chief Lt. Gen. Antonio Parlade Jr. about the latter’s controversial statement which, among others, tagged Locsin’s sister, Ella Colmenares, as part of the NPA.

“I also mentioned Ella Colmenares because it’s really true that Ella is an NPA. I never said that Angel Locsin is an NPA,” Parlade told the Senate committee. Colmenares has already denied Parlade’s accusation.

“Ang statement niya [Locsin], sinasabi niya na hindi raw siya NPA. I never said that she is an NPA. No, I never said that,” the military official said.

In response, Lacson said he was “glad” that Parlade cleared Locsin of any involvement with the NPA.

“I’m glad you mentioned in your own words that Angel Locsin is not an NPA. I’ll make a disclosure. Her fiancé, Neil Arce is a family friend. As a matter of fact, pag kinasal yun kukunin akong ninong [if they got married, they’re getting me to be principal sponsor]. I’m just making a disclosure. I’m glad that you mentioned that she is not an NPA,” the senator said.

“And I hope she’s monitoring para malaman niya na sayo [Parlade] mismo nanggaling na hindi siya NPA. And I think she will feel relieved coming from you na hindi siya NPA,” Lacson added.

(So she will know directly from you that she’s not a member of the NPA.)


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Fashion retailer Missguided cleared by ad watchdog after complaints model in ‘Playboy’ clothing poster campaign looked under 18

Manchester online fashion retailer Missguided has been cleared by the advertising watchdog after complaints a model used in a poster campaign for ‘Playboy’ clothing looked under 18.

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) said 18 complaints were received in total, but Missguided later confirmed the model was actually 28.

As a result, the ASA said the complaints were not upheld.

The model appeared in four poses on two posters, with the upper part of her face and eyes obscured by large sunglasses, the watchdog said.

One was a billboard, the other a street sign.

The complainants challenged whether they were ‘offensive and irresponsible’ because by depicting the model in Playboy-branded clothing, they portrayed someone in a sexual way who seemed to be under 18, the ASA said.

Missguided Ltd however, based in Trafford Park, said in response the model was 28 at the time of the photoshoot.

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The street sign poster

The ASA said both posters were seen between mid-July and early August this year.

The first showed images of a model dressed in a long coat, a cropped top and trouser set featuring Playboy rabbit logos and large sunglasses.

The ad also featured a Playboy logo and text stating ‘PLAYBOY X MISSGUIDED’.

The ASA said the second poster had the same text and similar images of the model.

In a published ruling, the ASA said: “Eighteen complainants who believed the model looked under 18 years of age challenged whether the ad was offensive and irresponsible because, by depicting the model in Playboy-branded clothing, the ad portrayed someone in a sexual way who seemed to be under the age of 18.

“Missguided Ltd said the model in the ad was aged 28 years at the time of the photoshoot, and they did not consider that she could be seen to look under 18 years, or foresee complaints of that nature.

“They said that the theme of female empowerment was the basis of the ‘Missguided X Playboy’ collection promoted in the ad.”

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The retailer told the ASA the model was fully clothed and that while her stance was ‘confident and poised’ they did not consider ‘it invoked any sexual implication’.

The ruling added: “They also said that while some complainants had unfortunately perceived the model to be under 18 years old, they did not believe that was the general perception of the ad.”

Playboy Enterprises International, Inc, said that Playboy licensed its brand to Missguided as part of a collaboration, but did not have any role in the advertising of the products by Missguided, the ASA added.

They said they understood the model was 28 at the time she was photographed, and that Missguided had taken appropriate diligence to ensure the model met minimum age requirements, the ruling said.

“Playboy did not consider that the ad portrayed the model, who was fully clothed, in a sexual way and said that neither the clothing featured nor anything else in the ad had any sexual implication.”

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