LOOK: Presidential Spokesman FB account’s troll-like comment vs journalists

Shara Mae Balce
PUBLISHED October 27, 2017 04:49 pm | UPDATED October 27, 2017 05:03 pm
Screenshot from the comment section during Facebook live broadcast of Mindanao Hour on October 27, 2017.

(Inside Manila) The verified Facebook account of the Office of the Presidential Spokesperson (OPS) posted a troll-like comment against two journalists during the Mindanao Hour press briefing on Friday, October 27.

The comment made through the OPS’ verified Facebook account read: “Si pia at si lourd devera pantay na sa kakupalan.”

It was captured during a Facebook live broadcast of the Mindanao Hour tackling about the rehabilitation of Marawi.

Notably, the comment revealed a slur tone same to those troll-like comments as it uses coarse language like “kupal” which is a common Tagalod term used by trolls to call someone an idiot or an obnoxious jerk.

“Lourd devera,” who was mentioned in the comment, may have been referred to a journalist from News5, Lourd de Veyra.

“Pia” is said to be the reporter of news outfit Rappler Pia Ranada as the comment popped out after she, the only reporter named Pia present at the briefing, asked a question regarding foreign assistance.

A lot of netizens were able to capture a screenshot of the comment before it has been deleted.

Meanwhile, Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella clarified that the comment was made by someone who is no longer connected with the OPS.

“The aforementioned comment was written by a former Administrator of the page who is no longer connected with the Office,” Abella said.

“The said comment does not reflect the official and personal views of the Presidential Spokesperson or his office on the individuals being referred to,” he added.

In response to control the fallout and prevent the reoccurrence of the gaffe, the OPS team said it immediately removed the access of the former administrator to the page and restricting page roles.



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