Star Magic prohibits their talents to endorse politicians


ABS-CBN's talent arm, Star Magic, releases a press statement prohibiting their talents not to endorse any candidates in the coming elections.



Naglabas ng press statement ang Star Magic ng ABS-CBN laban sa mga kandidato na ginagamit sa kampanya ang kanilang mga contract stars.

Nabahala ang Star Magic nang makita nila ang litrato nina Piolo Pascual at Claudine Barretto sa 2007 calendar ni Winnie Castelo, ang asawa ng dating aktres na si Precious Hipolito. Walang pahintulot ng Star Magic ang paggamit sa litrato nina Piolo at Claudine.



Sa pamamagitan ng isang common friend, nangako ang mag-asawa na hindi na gagamitin ang litrato nina Piolo at Claudine na kuha nang mag-taping sila sa tahanan nina Winnie at Precious. Kaninang hapon, March 28, ay nakipagkita ang mag-asawa sa Star Magic people para personal na humingi ng paumanhin.



Ito ang press statement na inilabas ng Star Magic tungkol sa Star Magic artists at political endorsements:



"This is to inform our public that ABS-CBN Star Magic artists are not encouraged by its management to endorse any candidates in the forthcoming elections.



"In the event that a Star Magic artist wishes to endorse any particular candidate, he or she shall be warned that such goes against management's advise. Such cases shall be elevated to higher management for final decision.



"It has come to the attention of ABS-CBN Star Magic that there are 2007 calendars that were given away by a certain politician with a photo of him, his wife with ABS-CBN Star Magic artists Ms. Claudine Barretto and Mr. Piolo Pascual.The two artists acknowledge the fact that they have met the said politician as they taped some scenes for their upcoming soap opera in the latter's home.



"They had their picture taken with them but with no idea that such will be used as a campaign material. The politician camp did seek the permission of ABS-CBN Star Magic to use the photo but the request was not granted due to the above-stated policy.

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"In this regard, ABS-CBN Star Magic is issuing a clear reminder to all political candidates that anyone caught using the name or face of any of its talents without its knowledge or consent may be dealt with possible legal action."


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