What may have been an innocent question on Twitter turned out to be a political statement.
In another case of 'think before you tweet', a member of a Bicol-based political clan drew the ire of netizens who saw political color in his tweet about the late Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo.
Julio Villafuerte, son of Camarines Sur Governor Luis Villafuerte Jr. and grandson to Rep. Luis Villafuerta Sr., has apologized for his tweets questioning the nation's reaction to Robredo's death.
His tweets, since deleted, said he had "been reading Jess Robredo tweets for weeks now. Someone please inform me of any major accomplishments Jess has done, coz I don't know any."
"Neil Armstrong's name was all over twitter for 2 days when he died. Jess Robredo's name has been on for weeks when he died. #whatsupwiththat," he also said.
"I don't mean to hate, I'm just more interested in reading about other news that's going on in the Philippines," Villafuerte, who lists his location on Twitter as Los Angeles/Manila/CamSur, said.
His tweets has since prompted online backlash from netizens especially from Bicolanos and Naga residents. The reactions on Twitter contrasted the Villafuertes with Robredo.
Villafuerte's grandfather, congressman for Camarines Sur, was reportedly the reason the Commission on Appointments did not confirm Robredo as Department of Interior and Local Government secretary. Rep. Villafuerte had reportedly wanted Robredo to explain graft cases from his time as Naga City mayor.
The lawmaker has denied this, saying Robredo was already scheduled for confirmation when he died in a plane crash off the coast of Masbate. -Source: YahooNews