The controversial post of Albay Governor Joey Salceda in his social networking page regarding an untoward incident happened during Xian Lim’s guesting in Albay’s Tsinoy Festival went viral.
The post says, “Xian Lim says in my face (Atty Carol) while handing the coffee table book in front of many – ‘I’m not here to promote albay.’ 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. 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.”
In response to Governor Salceda’s post, the actor wrote on his microblogging account “I just read an online article about an incident which is deeply upsetting because it doesn’t tell the right story. In the article I was quoted as saying ‘I am not here to promote Albay’, something I never said or would ever say.”
“Earlier, the author of the online article handed me a coffee table book of Albay and a t-shirt to wear.” According to Xian, he told Attorney Caroline Cruz that he cannot wear the t-shirt for it might cause conflict with his clothing endorsement and apologized.
“I love Albay and I am always happy to be here with its good people. I deeply apologize to Governor Salceda and the people of Albay for the misunderstanding about my reasons for refusal to wear the t shirt,” he said.
“My parents raised me to be respectful and generous to everyone, and my management has always 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,” Xian added.
As stated by Governor Salceda, the coffee table book and t-shirt were supposedly given as souvenirs. A photo was also uploaded showing that the controversial t-shirt is not an ‘I love Albay’ shirt. In a separate post, the Governor said “No forgiveness deserved.”