Dingdong Dantes is not the type who does things for publicity and gimmickry.

This is what the Yes Pinoy Foundation team emphasized as they came into the actor’s defense over questions on why he was wearing a “Philippine Army” uniform during the distribution of relief good for the evacuees in Balayan, Batangas.

On Instagram, Dingdong posted some photos from the operations and thanked all those who sent their donations, including his wife Marian Rivera.

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Isang pasasalamat sa lahat ng tumulong sa ating mga kababayang apektado ng Taal Volcano Eruption! Because of your generosity and with the help of the Philippine Navy and Philippine Marines— led by BGen Ariel Caculitan PNRC— we were able to donate 1000 relief packs to evacuation centers in Balayan, Batangas namely, Pastoral Center, Canda, Tanggoy and Patugo. Each relief pack has 1 kilo of rice, 2 Megasardines, 2 instant noodles, 4 sachets of Hana Shampoo, 1 soap, 1 blanket, 2 face masks, 1 thermal blanket, 2 bottled water, and 2 packs of Doña Maria Rice Puffs. This includes around 2000 pieces of clothes. This is in addition to the 708 kgs of rice that we have distributed last Monday through the Philippine Red Cross and the Military. Kaya muli, sa lahat ng donors at volunteers, maraming maraming salamat sa inyong kabayanihan! #BangonBatangas #DamayangPinoy #TaalVolcanoEruption @yespinoy @marianrivera Our partners: MARCSSBn thru Col. Sonny Wang Philippine Marines Philippine Navy Department of Social Welfare and Development @hanaphilippines @nycpilipinas Employees Association NYC Multi-Purpose Cooperative @king_inn_a @donamariarice @michellegankee @megasardines @thereseleopando @tinaayson @thedongyanatics @officialdongyanwarriors_ph Solid DD @scrubbed.global @stuntassoc.ph @philredcross @smilecaresfoundation @shaina_magdayao Pulilan Management Co. Inc. Carewin Water Station @fatimaogang Corbridge Philippines @adfinitymmc @belleisemma Solfe Soldevilla MC Barretto Enterprises Baby Boomers Doctors of Medical City @gcremulla @cecilleperez @lalunaloca @nacinorocco Individual donors Individual volunteers

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“Isang pasasalamat sa lahat ng tumulong sa ating mga kababayang apektado ng Taal Volcano Eruption!” he wrote. “Because of your generosity and with the help of the Philippine Navy and Philippine Marines— led by BGen Ariel Caculitan PNRC— we were able to donate 1000 relief packs to evacuation centers in Balayan, Batangas namely, Pastoral Center, Canda, Tanggoy and Patugo.

“Each relief pack has 1 kilo of rice, 2 Megasardines, 2 instant noodles, 4 sachets of Hana Shampoo, 1 soap, 1 blanket, 2 face masks, 1 thermal blanket, 2 bottled water, and 2 packs of Doña Maria Rice Puffs. This includes around 2000 pieces of clothes. This is in addition to the 708 kgs of rice that we have distributed last Monday through the Philippine Red Cross and the Military. Kaya muli, sa lahat ng donors at volunteers, maraming maraming salamat sa inyong kabayanihan!”

However, a netizen take note of his uniform, saying: “Reserve ka ba ng Philippine Army? Bakit naka ganyan kang suot? Is that for publicity?”

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It seems the comment was pertaining to GMA-7’s upcoming Philippine adaptation of the Korean series “Descendants Of The Sun,” where Dingdong plays the role of an army soldier.

While the actor chose to ignore the netizen, his founded organization Yes Pinoy did not.

As it turns out, Dingdong was wearing not an army uniform, but of Philippine Marine.

The foundation also cleared Dingdong has the right to do so since he has been a Marine reservist since 2009.

Yes Pinoy wrote: “Hi! Our Founding Chairman, Mr Dong Dantes, is a Philippine Marine reservist since 2009. Thank you!”

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The netizen furthered stated that he expected the actor to be a military reservist otherwise “it will be a shame to wear this if he is not.”

In the end, he thanked the foundation for clarifying the matter.

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