MANILA, Philippines – While others were posting New Year’s Day messages online, Senator Sherwin Gatchalian posted curses and foul words on Twitter while he was in the United States a few hours before 2018.
The heated exchange with some netizens started when Gatchalian, using his personal Twitter account, replied “The nation already lost its soul in the last 6 years” to Maria Ressa’s Rappler article post about the Liberal Party.
When the netizens noticed the thread and started to call him “balimbing ( political turncoat)” and “trapo” or traditional politician, the senator replied to a netizen, “Gago ka (You’re stupid)!”
He also referred to another online critic as “ulol (deranged).”
Netizens were quick to slam Gatchalian for his choice of words:
Sir never say that to us.kami.po sng nsgpapasahod sa inyo.we deserve all the respect.— bethen olavera (@OlaveraBethen) January 1, 2018
One more thing, Senator, the year is clearly indicated in the screenshot. I hope that you’re much more scrutinizing, observant, and clear thinking when doing the job the Philippine people has elected you to do.— Saul de Jesus (@unSauLicited) January 1, 2018
1. Language please. Hindi porke’t Presidente ganyan magsalita, tutularan na. Also, pakisabihan ang Presidente. Susme.— J to the world (@ceejong) January 1, 2018
2. The year in question is exactly the point. Resibo culture is very much alive. BIR is proud.
His reply got the attention of a user @Stewart___O who immediately posted a screenshot of Gatchalian’s tweets praising Former President Benigno Aquino III and showing support in the past administration on way back 2012.
Ewan ko sa yo, Win. pic.twitter.com/yjSQSQPn2C— Stewart(@Stewart___O) January 1, 2018
At what point in the last 6 years did we lose our soul? I’m confused. pic.twitter.com/cxB8p6XjTk— Stewart (@Stewart___O) January 1, 2018
Was it while he was dreaming of Pnoy? pic.twitter.com/cm9FkoNXDU— Stewart (@Stewart___O) January 1, 2018
The senator then asked the year of his tweets when a netizen @tr1pnautic retweeted @Stewart___O’s post and said “the internet never forgets”.
Meanwhile, others were skeptical on whether Gatchalian himself posted the tweets. Gatchalian confirmed that it was him.
The online conversation on Twitter racked up reactions from the public, with tweets condemning the act of the senator. Gatchalian has not yet released any statement about his tweets.
Here are the rest of netizen’s reactions:
Sherwin Gatchalian tweets – Curated tweets by MovePH
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