Pati trahedya pinulitika! Duterte critics Ted Te, Leah Navarro draw flak for linking Cotabato quake to politics

Singer Leah Navarro and former SC Spokesman Theodore Te / file photo from Politiko and Times of News

Some critics of President Rodrigo Duterte like former Supreme Court spokesperson Theodore Te and singer Leah Navarro were slashed for linking  politics to the twin earthquakes that hit parts of Mindanao just this week.

On his tweet last October 31, Te said:  “What’s with all the earthquakes in Mindanao?” then Navarro replied: “Retribution?”

With this, Zia Alonto Adiong, a former Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) assemblyman and Marawi crisis spokesman did not think twice and slammed the known critics of the President.

“We don’t obligate people from afar to extend help to Mindanao as this would require logistical considerations and obviously for some, travel is indeed an issue. 

"However, we also do not expect people to be this callous in expressing such insensitive remarks while many have yet to overcome the trauma brought about by this recent calamity,” Adiong said

For Adiong, the comments from Te and Navarro were the usual attitude that divides the country.

The former Supreme Court spokesperson and singer are known to be supporters of the former administration under Aquino.

Meanwhile, after Te's post created controversy on social media, he deleted it and explained: “I have deleted a tweet and my reply-explanation to that tweet which, though unintended, have caused offense, pain, and hurt to family and friends in Mindanao where I am from, proud to be from, and which I love. .,” 

“Though my tweet was rhetorical, non-political, and personal, it invited hurtful replies from others whose tweets I cannot and do not control. I apologize for giving them that platform. To family and friends from Mindanao, please be assured of my prayers for your safety,” the former SC spokesman saidid

Source: Politiko

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