This video from the Department of Health (DOH) went viral in the local online scene earlier this month:
Video via Manila Philippines
The video, which has already been taken down by the DOH, was supposedly a public service announcement about avoiding teen pregnancy. We're all good with its intentions, the problem is it got a lot of bad PR from netizens. Some said it was too tacky while many cried foul over its use of derogatory terms like "bobo" and "gaga."
But the biggest hit so far came in the form of allegations that the video plagiarized the 2013 song “Rum Pum Pum Pum” by the popular K-Pop group f(x). The group's agency, SM Entertainment, wasn't too pleased.
In fact, the agency—which also handles other popular K-Pop acts such as Super Junior and Girls' Generation—has already threatened to take action. "By no means have we permitted the use of the music, ‘Rum Pum Pum Pum.’ The original publisher of ‘Rum Pum Pum Pum’ confirmed that the music used by the Philippines’ public service campaign in question is indeed plagiarism, so we already started taking action,” said a representative from SM Entertainment to South Korean media outlets. #Ouch
The DOH is yet to issue an official statement regarding the matter. We understand they're probably still too busy handling Typhoon Ruby-related duties, but they shouldn't take their sweet time since continuously keeping mum in this case will make things worse for the government agency.
How about you, FHM Nation? Do you think the DOH erred on this one? Here's f(x)'s “Rum Pum Pum Pum” song for comparison: