Philippine President, Noynoy Aquino (P-Noy) is surrounded by a bunch of morons. We already know this fact. However, it seems that they have to constantly prove the level of their incompetence to the entire nation and even to the world on a regular basis. It is not enough that they commit their gaffes inside the country. Some of his staff go on to act like giddy teenagers who have yet to learn some manners. This is evident in the way they take delight in talking like bitches behind other people’s back.
While accompanying P-Noy on his first ASEAN summit meeting in Vietnam, Presidential speech writer Carmen “Mai” Mislang posted what could be the most damning evidence of misguided Filipino pride and arrogance.
When Mislang posted derogatory messages about the host nation of the summit, she not only insulted the Vietnamese people, she also demonstrated that she has no sense of humility. Her behavior is right up the President’s alley, I suppose. Apparently, Mislang is behind all those speeches that are full of motherhood statements that P-Noy has been spewing since being sworn into office. P-Noy must have hired her not just because he likes her style of writing, but also because she is an aspiring wine connoisseur.
Unfortunately, her Twitter messages during the trip to Vietnam left a bad taste in not just P-Noy’s critics mouths, but also his own supporters’. Last I saw, commenters in of some of the public forums that were a haven for P-Noy supporters before and during the election had nothing good to say about her. One commenter even wrote, “Barkada mentality sila lahat sa Palasyo ni PNoy. They suck!!!”
It would be an understatement if we said that she was being an idiot when she broadcast to her Twitter account followers how “the wine sucks” referring to the drinks served in the Vietnamese banquet attended by some of the world leaders. Considering she is a speechwriter, it can be said that her wit was obviously not in attendance that night.
She could have been more creative and said instead that “the wine is not of a suitable vintage” with an accompanying emoticon or something. She just had to use language more appropriate for a ladette or a woman who behaves in a crude manner while engaged in heavy drinking. I don’t even know why people think that her boss, Ricky Carandang should be off the hook because he initially didn’t mind her inappropriate behavior and seemed to share her disappointment when he responded to her tweet by asking, “red or white?.” This contradicts his statement to the media, which was, “I got mad at her, I reprimanded her.” Was Carandang blatantly lying or what?
Her other twitter messages make it very fitting to refer to her as a space cadet. She must think that she is some kind of hottie or Jennifer Aniston look-alike, otherwise she wouldn’t have said the words, “Sorry pero walang pogi ditto.” Excuse me, last I checked, she is not exactly surrounded by Brad Pitt look-alikes in Malacanang either. Plus sized DILG undersecretary Rico Puno, anyone? Don’t get me started on P-Noy’s looks…
To be fair she became wittier with her tweets later on when she described the traffic condition in Hanoi and said “Crossing the speedy motorcycle laden streets of Hanoi is one of the easiest ways to die”, though it is not as if the jeepney “laden” streets in the Philippines are among the safest in the world. What was she thinking, really? In her apology she said that offending anybody was never her intention. What was the intention, really? Either she is dumb or she thinks we are dumb. Either way, her apology is still an insult to peoples’ intelligences.
Could it be that she is just your average Filipino who cannot accept the fact that just over a decade ago Vietnam was not even at par with the Philippines and that now the previously war-torn country has overtaken us economically and has even become a favorite tourist destination worldwide? I can’t imagine why she would send negative messages about a country that though had gone through so much hardship during the Vietnam War now stands tall as a potentially profitable trade partner of the Philippines.
True to form, Presidential spokesman, Ricky Carandang is playing it down by saying that the Vietnamese people were not offended. Well, to be sure, the Vietnamese people are NOT like Filipinos because if someone insulted us in the same way, Filipinos would be up in arms protesting and asking for an official apology from none other than the Vietnamese leader himself.
In another moronic statement, Carandang kept saying that he still doesn’t know how to tackle the issue of social media involving Malacanang staff. To quote:
“I haven’t formally reviewed it. I just told them, I don’t want anyone tweeting for the next couple of days while I figure out what to do. I don’t want them tweeting for now until I figure out what the rules are. I said Twitter. Maybe we’ll do the FB [Facebook] as well.”
“I haven’t really thought about the specifics of it. When I was in my old job, we had policies for social networking. And that’s the general way that I was looking at it. Pero iba ang private media sa government. So, I think mas mahigpit yung sa government kaysa sa private media. Yung guidelines when I was in my old job were a little looser, and I think there’s a need for stricter guidelines especially since this is government, it’s not private sector,
Great! The boss of the communication team in Malacanang has no immediate direction to give his staff or the mainstream media. This further proves his amateurish abilities. This is even further proof that on the job training in some of the most sensitive positions in the land can have dramatic repercussions to our reputation overseas.
The solution is simple Mr Carandang. Social media is here to stay. What you need to do is replace the people in Malacanang with competent and professional staff; with decent people who are more sensitive about other people’s feelings. Maybe you should think about quitting yourself.