Cabinet member pulls out from Senate race over lewd dancers scandal

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Cabinet member pulls out from Senate race over lewd dancers scandal

After coming under fire over a controversial lewd performance at a lawmaker’s birthday party last week, Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Francis Tolentino urged the Liberal Party (LP) to exclude him from the party’s senatorial lineup for the 2016 polls. He drew the condemnation of women’s groups and fellow LP members for allegedly hiring the dance group Playgirls to perform at the birthday party of Laguna Representative Benjamin Agarao. In the controversial performance, the girls gyrated and twerked onstage with male audience members after the oath taking of new party members. Tolentino denied that he brought the girls to the event, and later issued an apology over the incident. In 2013, he hired the group for the congressional campaign of his brother.

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