- “A Soldier’s Heart,” which stars Gerald Anderson, drew controversies due to its depiction of Butuan
- One of the people who were disappointed with the series is Agusan del Norte 1st District Rep. Lawrence Fortun
- The congressman said that he got dismayed by the portrayal of his city as a place of violence and chaos
- The Kapamilya network later released a statement, apologizing to the congressman and the people of Butuan
ABS-CBN network’s new teleserye “A Soldier’s Heart,” which stars Gerald Anderson, drew controversies due to its depiction of Butuan.
KAMI learned that one of the people who were disappointed with the series is Agusan del Norte 1st District Rep. Lawrence Fortun.
Fortun said that he got dismayed by the portrayal of his city as a place of violence and chaos.
“As a Butuanon who was born and raised in a city that was and has never been known to be a hub of extremism and terrorism, I am dismayed by the portrayal of Butuan as a hotbed of chaos.
“The depiction is not only unrealistic, it is offensive because it is destroying the collective efforts of the people of Butuan to promote the Home of the Balangays as a tourist destination for history and culture and a hub of opportunities.
“I urge ABS-CBN to immediately air an appropriate disclaimer, review and reconsider the content and story elements of the teleserye in order not to further besmirch the reputation of our historic city,” Fortun stated.
ABS-CBN later released a statement, apologizing to the congressman and the people of Butuan for some of the scenes from the series.
“ABS-CBN would like to apologize to Agusan Del Norte Rep. Lawrence Fortun and the people of Butuan City if the scenes in the TV series 'A Soldier’s Heart' have offended them.
“While the incident portrayed in the series was fictitious, there was mention of the city name. We would like to assure them that there was no deliberate intention to portray Butuan City negatively in the show,” the ABS-CBN statement reads.
In a previous report by KAMI, Julia Barretto deleted all of her photos with Gerald except pictures of their promo for their movie “Between Maybes.”
Gerald Anderson is a famous Filipino-American actor and model. He broke through in Philippine showbiz by joining “Pinoy Big Brother.” Some of his former celebrity girlfriends include Kim Chiu, Maja Salvador, and Bea Alonzo.
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