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Metro Manila Development Authority chair Francis Tolentino wants to be excluded in the Liberal Party’s (LP) senatorial slate following the controversial “Playgirls” issue against him. The MMDA Chairman already apologized for the said event and told reporters that he has informed the LP to remove his name in its senatorial lineup.


The move of the 55-year-old MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino came after female members of the ruling LP, such as Justice Secretary Leila de Lima and PhilHealth director Risa Hontiveros, stressed earlier that they would be uncomfortable running with Francis Tolentino.

Francis Tolentino already apologized to women’srights groups, Laguna Rep. Benjamin Agarao Jr. and the LP for sending scantily clad women to perform during a political gathering in Laguna last week. The said performance of the young girls already went viral online as it garnered more than a million views since it was posted online.

During the oath-taking ceremony of new LP members in the fourth district of Laguna, three women performed a sexy dance number. The MMDA chairman earlier denied that he was responsible for sending sexy dancers as a “birthday threat” to Rep. Agarao.

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