AFP spokesman, netizens in Twitter war over Sueselbeck
MANILA, Philippines - The spokesperson of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) found himself in a different battlefield Sunday, October 26, as he tried to dodge bullets from netizens over his supposed insensitive statements regarding the fiancé of slain transgender woman Jennifer Laude.
On Sunday, the Philippine government barred Marc Sueselbeck, Laude's German fiancé, from leaving the country after the Bureau of Immigration (BI) declared him an "undesirable alien" who has to confront charges lodged against him by the BI.
The charges stem from Sueselbeck's actions on October 22, when he climbed the gates of Camp Aguinaldo and barged into the compound where the suspected murderer of Laude – a US Marine – is being held.
The military denounced Sueselbeck's actions, saying he has to face the consequences of what he's done. (READ: AFP to protest 'misbehavior' of Laude's fiance)
Sueselbeck issued a public apology on Sunday before his scheduled departure. On Twitter, AFP spokesman Lt Col Harold Cabunoc (Ranger Cabunzky @HaroldCabunoc94) said it's not enough.
The AFP accepts Sueselbeck's apology but he has to face the consequence of his actions. Gen Catapang wants him declared an undesirable alien— Ranger Cabunzky (@HaroldCabunoc94) October 26, 2014
He explained that emotions should not be used to justify actions that break the law. This hit a raw nerve that led to a heated online exchange.
Below are some of the exchanges:
@HaroldCabunoc94 Alam mo Sir. Kung pinaalis na natin yan, at ini-blacklist at pagbawalan bumalik dito sa Pinas, di na sana tayo gagastos pa.— Jun Pasaylo (@junpasaylo) October 26, 2014
@junpasaylo Do you think it is again our job to control human migration? Inilalayo mo naman ang topic eh. Rule of law lang gusto namin.— Ranger Cabunzky (@HaroldCabunoc94) October 26, 2014
@younggen_me No, we have to listen to the people regardless of what they say. Rule of law lang gusto namin. Walang awa-awa kasi tayo kawawa.— Ranger Cabunzky (@HaroldCabunoc94) October 26, 2014
@HaroldCabunoc94 No wander ds country can hardly get peace bcos there r people dat talk peace w/ their right hand n stabbing w/ their left.— Jun Pasaylo (@junpasaylo) October 26, 2014
Suporta naman ang AFP sa panawagan ng mga Laude na makamit ang hustisya at maparusahan ang may sala. Pero, panatiliin natin ang rule of law.— Ranger Cabunzky (@HaroldCabunoc94) October 26, 2014
Cabunoc reiterated that the law should apply to Sueselbeck and also to the principal suspect behind Laude's murder, US Marine Joseph Scott Pemberton, who was also declared "undesirable alien" by the government. (READ: Pemberton, Sueselbeck declared undesirable aliens)
Pananagutin si Pemberton kung talagang may kasalanan; at ganon din kay Sueselbeck na lumabag sa ating batas at security protocols ng AFP.— Ranger Cabunzky (@HaroldCabunoc94) October 26, 2014
Sueselbeck was rushed to the hospital early Sunday evening after reportedly fainting at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, where he was barred from taking a Malaysian Airlines flight to Germany. - Rappler.com