Top Catholic bishop urges boycott of Bench products

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An official of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) was not satisfied with the apology issued by Bench apparel company over its “The Naked Truth” denim and underwear fashion show held over the weekend at a giant shopping mall in Metro Manila.

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Fr. Conegundo Garganta, executive secretary of the CBCP-Episcopal Commission on Youth, on Thursday urged Catholic Church officials to call for a boycott of Bench products.

Garganta, who admitted to patronizing apparel, said he will only continue to buy its clothes if the company will be more responsible with its advertisements.

He added that Bench should have thought of Filipino culture and tradition before conceptualizing “The Naked Truth” fashion show, which Garganta said featured nearly nude male and female models on stage.

According to the CBCP official, Bench should have not thought of such show just to entice the public as it already is an established name in design and fashion.

Garganta challenged the company to express on billboards its sincerest apology over “The Naked Truth” show.

He noted that the “Theology of the Body” of Saint John Paul 2nd states that the human body should be respected.

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