MMFF 'strongly denies existence' of ticket swapping

The Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) management has released a statement to strongly deny the existence of ticket swapping at SM Cinemas.

"The Metro Manila Film Festival, after looking into the ticket swapping issue, strongly denies the existence of such and is enjoining all the stakeholders of the Festival to be responsible in expressing their sentiments especially on Social Media," the MMFF Facebook page posted on Saturday, December 26.

"The objective of the MMFF is to promote the local film industry and this baseless issue will only sideline the true intent and purpose of the Festival," it added. "Let's continue supporting all the entries of the MMFF 2015."

Fans of Alden Richards and Maine Mendoza, collectively known as AlDub, complained that they were given tickets to the movie "Beauty and the Bestie" starring Vice Ganda instead of "My Bebe Love" during the premiere of MMFF entries.

According to AlDub fans, the incidents happened at SM Cinemas in Rosario and Bacoor in Cavite.

On Twitter, film director Joey Reyes also warned about the alleged ticket swapping.

Some AlDub fans also said they wondered why the MMFF did not release the first day gross sales, but the love team's fan base in Canada posted an image on Twitter showing that "My Bebe Love" earned over P64 million on Day 1 of the festival.