Bench issues apology to Coco Martin


MANILA, Philippines – Suyen Corp. CEO and Chairman Ben Chan has issued his apology to ABS-CBN actor Coco Martin in relation to his very controversial scene at the Bench fashion show, dubbed as “The Naked Truth”.

In his personal Instagram, Chan released an apology to the public.

On Sunday, September 28, he wrote:

“It has never been the intent of Bench to offend anyone in presenting ‘The Naked Truth‘ show.”

Chan also clarified Martin’s role in the fashion show.

“Coco Martin was asked to portray a character in a circus scene of our theatre show, and only played the role given to him. This is to apologise to Coco Martin for involving him in the controversial scene.”

Furthermore, Chan particularly addressed those who were offended by some elements in the show.

“More importantly, we apologise for offending the sensitivities of some persons. We assure you that we shall always endeavor to uphold the dignity of people.”

In the highly criticised fashion show, the Prince of Indie films was seen holding a leash attached to the torso of a female model wearing only her underwear.

Many netizens found the particular scene derogatory. Senator Pia Cayetano, a supporter of women’s rights said she raised the issue to Chan. She said she asked the retail brand magnate to issue a public apology about the issue.

In her website, she wrote:

“I told him that while I respect the artistic license of the team that conceptualized the fashion show, the derogatory portrayal of women is offensive and should not be tolerated. Such portrayals reinforce society’s sexist view of women, instead of contributing to the gender education of our people, especially of our youth,”

Meanwhile, the “Ikaw Lamang” star has not issued a statement regarding the controversy.