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Star Magic warns legal action vs BINI, BGYO ‘online bullies’

by Joanna Deala

STAR MAGIC, the talent agency of P-pop groups BINI and BGYO, addressed accusations thrown against their artists and warned that it will take legal action against individuals who are behind “unfounded rumors” about the P-pop artists.

ABS-CBN’s talent management arm said this in a statement on Tuesday, April 23, through BINI and BGYO’s legal counsel Atty. Joji Alonso. 

“BGYO, BINI and its respective members have been the subject of malicious online attacks designed to seriously hurt and damage their reputation. These continuous reckless posting and sharing of harmful, negative, and false accusations are violative of cyberbullying and anti-libel laws,” Alonso said.

Alonso also reminded netizens to be responsible about the content they post online, especially if it would hurt a certain individual. Alonso said that the past months have been a “painful experience” for BGYO and BINI as they learn “the value of personal accountability,” but they have been courageous to “stand up against online bullies.”

Star Magic then warned to take legal action against  “emboldened bashers who circulate unfounded rumors.”

“Appropriate government agencies and private service providers have been tapped to gather evidence and hold these perpetrators accountable for their unlawful behavior,” Alonso stressed, adding that “filing of criminal cases will be set in motion.”

“We remind the public that it is not only crucial to call out acts of bashing and cyberbullying, but to show kindness and accord everyone due respect, both online and in real life,” Alonso continued.

What happened?

BGYO and BINI became the talk of the town after some members of the Nation’s Girl Group were seen attending the birthday party of a BGYO member. 

Several netizens, who accused BGYO members of alleged cheating and abuse, questioned the presence of BINI at the event and the friendship between the two P-pop groups. They even suggested BINI to “disassociate” themselves from BGYO because of the alleged rumors being thrown at the boy group.

There were also netizens who called for BGYO to disband, making the hashtag “#DisbandBGYO” trend on X (formerly Twitter).

But several fans of the boy group defended their idols and expressed their continued support for them.

As of writing, BGYO and BINI have yet to address the controversies surrounding them.

BGYO and BINI are sibling groups who were formed through ABS-CBN’s Star Hunt Academy and officially debuted in the music industry in 2021.

BINI is composed of eight members: Jhoanna, Aiah, Colet, Maloi, Gwen, Stacey, Mikha, and Sheena. BGYO has five members: Gelo, Akira, JL, Mikki, and Nate.

Currently, BINI is preparing for its three-day sold-out concert “BINIverse,” which will be held at the New Frontier Theater from June 28 to 30. This is the group’s first-ever solo concert, following the release of its first extended play (EP) “Talaarawan” last month.

Meanwhile, BGYO had its comeback to the music scene with its latest single “Patintero,” released in February 2024.



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