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Grab Apologizes for “Insensitive” and “Offensive” Post About Anderson-Alonzo-Barretto Controversy

Netizens said the social media post was done in bad taste.
ILLUSTRATOR Roland Mae Tanglao
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Grab Philippines has apologized for a social media post that made light of the controversy involving celebrities Gerald Anderson, Bea Alonzo and Julia Barretto.

The post featured photos of six female celebrities, all of whom have been romantically linked to Anderson, along with the caption, “Walang kailangan maiwan. Walang kailangan masaktan. Sa GrabCar 6-seater, pwedeng magsabay-sabay." ("No one has to be left behind. No one has to get hurt. With GrabCar 6-seater, everyone can ride together").

The post has since been deleted following an outcry from netizens, who called the post callous, insensitive and done in bad taste.

A screenshot of Grab's social media post

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“We express our sincere apologies for a recent social media post that we shared involving six local female celebrities,” Grab said in a statement sent to media on Tuesday afternoon. “While our intent was to create relevant conversations, we failed to do so, and regret that the effect of the post was insensitive and offensive—something that does not reflect our values at Grab. While this isolated incident may have misrepresented our position on women's rights, we remain to be a steadfast supporter and advocate of the welfare of women everywhere.

“We are truly sorry that we offended these women and their fans,” it added. “Grab will actively reach out to the six local female celebrities to extend our apologies on the matter.”

Film and TV actor Anderson has been in the news recently for supposedly getting caught cheating on his current girlfriend Alonzo with another actress, Barretto. All three are talents of broadcast giant ABS-CBN.

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“We have learned significant lessons from this experience, and we are taking internal actions to ensure that we prevent this from happening again,” Grab said. “Our prime focus remains to be in providing delightful and meaningful conversations between Grab and the Filipino people.”

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