AFP spokesman, netizens in Twitter war over Sueselbeck

Rappler.com
AFP spokesman, netizens in Twitter war over Sueselbeck
Lt Col Harold Cabunoc tweets that the fiancé of Jennifer Laude should face the consequences of his actions

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.

 

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:

 

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

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

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