“NO FORGIVENESS deserved.”
This was the reply of Albay Governor Joey Salceda to television actor Xian Lim’s apology over his refusal to accept promotional materials during his trip in the province.
On Thursday evening, social networking site Facebook was abuzz with comments after Salceda posted a supposed message from a certain “Atty. Carol” in connection with Xian’s visit to the province for the “Fiesta Tsinoy Albay” event.
Salceda said the Kapamilya actor replied “I’m not here to promote Albay” when the lawyer handed over a coffee table book which was given to special guests of the province.
The governor said the provincial government paid Xian a huge fee for him to perform in the event.
“If his road manager checks his record, Albay paid for his many guestings since way back 2011 when his talent fee was just P75, 000 (Ginoo ni Magayon) and now P350,000 for Fiesta Tsinoy Albay,” Salceda said.
“It’s either 1. His parents did not raise him well. 2. He had bad education. 3. He is not managed well. 4. His character is inversely proportional to his looks. 5. He is on something.”
Hours after Salceda vented his frustration about the actor, Xian aired his side through micro-blogging site Twitter.
Xian said he was “deeply” upset as he belied allegations that he refused to promote the province.
The actor explained that he refused to wear the Albay promotional shirt given to him because there might be conflict with his clothing endorsement.
“Earlier, the author of the online article handed me a coffee table book of Albay and a t-shirt to wear. My exact words to her were ‘Sorry po, hindi ko maisuot yung tshirt kasi baka magka conflict sa clothing endorsement ko. Pasensya na po.’ Later on, someone reported her as saying ‘Ayaw daw nya,’” Xian said.
“I love Albay and I am happy to be here with its good people. I deeply apologize to Gov. Salceda and the people of Albay for the misunderstanding about my reasons for refusal to wear the t-shirt.”
Xian added that his parents raised him to be respectful and generous to everyone. He also said that his management, Star Magic, stressed the virtues of decency and humility.
“I do not do drugs and have worked hard to get to where I am. If you send me the t-shirt and after I have cleared it with my clothing endorsement, I would be more than happy to wear it online and on air. I am also very willing to promote the book of Albay,” he said.
Salceda said it was the ordinary staff of Albay Tourism Office who was insulted by Xian’s actions.
“Together with ordinary Albayanos, they are the ones who work hard, silently and patiently for Albay tourism. And based on the prevarications on his posts, he is not getting it. 1. Hindi namin pinapasuot ang t-shirt sa guests. Binibigay lang 2. The mere fact that coffee book table is called Warm Albay and the tshirt is Warm Albay should already be obvious that these are typical touristic materials,” the governor said.
“The PTCAO incident morally approximates the cruelty and brutality in Maguindanao, and what’s worse we did not pay the MILF P350,000 to do it and we expected something better from him since he is not a terrorist, instead an artist. No forgiveness deserved.”
Salceda also posted the promotional materials handed to Xian.
It was the second time for Xian to be embroiled in a controversy following an appearance at a Chinese New Year event.
Last year, Xian got criticized for poking fun at an impersonator of love team Kim Chiu on national television via comedy gag show “Banana Nite.” (MNS)