MANILA, Philippines – The lawyer whose soundbite sparked a Twitter firestorm and the trending hashtag #ItlogniTopacio finally joins the social networking site.
His first Twitter avatar? An egg.
Lawyer Ferdinand Topacio (@FerdieTopacio) signs up for Twitter, months after he caused a stir for saying he will have one of his balls cut off if former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and her husband do not return to the Philippines.
Topacio is the lawyer of former First Gentleman Jose Miguel “Mike” Arroyo and acts as the spokesperson of the Arroyos.
From the default Twitter avatar, Topacio changed it to a photo of himself but still holding eggs.
He tweeted, “O ayan na, nag-post na ako ng profile pic para hindi itlog ha?” (There, I posted a profile picture so it’s not an egg.)
New tricks for the old dog
Asked why he joined Twitter, Topacio told Rappler in a text message, “First, it’s a perfect avenue to disseminate my thoughts almost instantaneously.”
“Second, I want to prove that you can still teach an old dog new tricks :-).”
The Twitter newbie is a media savvy lawyer known for witty and controversial soundbites.
His first tweets were interactions with journalists.
In a tweet to Chay F. Hofileña, Rappler citizen journalism and community engagement manager, Topacio said, “This is quite addictive. uh oh…”
Tweeting may just be one of Topacio’s many pasttimes. The lawyer has been featured by various media groups for his vocal prowess, belting out jazz songs and cracking jokes in a bar.
An Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) member, the lawyer was in the news recently as he denied allegations that the INC’s Grand Evangelical Mission held Tuesday, February 28, was a political rally.
Expect the local Twitterverse to be even more controversial. – Rappler.com
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