Sonny Angara under fire for ‘#ShowerTogether’ tweet amid water crisis

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Sonny Angara under fire for ‘#ShowerTogether’ tweet amid water crisis
Netizens are quick to point out the insensitivity of the joke during a water crisis that is affecting not just households, but also businesses, hospitals, and schools

MANILA, Philippines– Amid a water crisis being experienced by thousands of residents in Metro Manila and Rizal, reelectionist senator Sonny Angara piped up on Thursday, March 14, with a joke to #ShowerTogether.

Angara said in a tweet that “sexy time” was difficult if you are only using a tabo (dipper). He posted it along with the hashtags #ShowerTogether, #ConserveWater, #WalangTubig.

Netizens were quick to point out the insensitivity of the joke during a raging water crisis that is affecting not just households, but also businesses, hospitals, and schools. (WATCH: In hospitals, water woes take shape where lives are at stake)

Netizens also pointed out how the reelectionist senator should check his privilege, and consider the plight of the Filipinos who are struggling due to the inconveniences brought by the water interruptions. (READ: Domino effect: Water crisis causing more trash, hurting businesses)

They stressed that the water crisis wass no laughing matter. They suggested that as a public official, Angara should instead focus on looking for tangible solutions rather than making jokes about the water crisis. They added that the seriousness of the situation required sensitivity to the Filipinos’ struggles.

As a reply to a netizen who asked if the Filipinos’ suffering was a joke to him, Angara answered: “Magkasama tayo lahat dito at gagawan natin ng solusyon. (We’re in this together, and we’ll find a solution)”

Angara clarified to ABS-CBN that the tweet doesn’t mean he was not taking the water crisis seriously.

“Just because we crack a joke does not mean we do not take this seriously. In fact, we have already made suggestions on how to curb the crisis in both the short term and long term,” he said. – Rappler.com

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