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Pentagon group’s Twitter account suspended over Davao blasts joke

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The Pentagon building in Washington, DC, headquarters of the United States Department of Defense. AFP FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—The US Department of Defense has suspended the Twitter account of its counter-improvised explosive device group after it cracked a joke about twin blasts in cinemas in Davao City that people in the security circles didn’t find funny.

“I just directed the suspension of the @JIEDDO Twitter account following inappropriate and offensive tweets,” said Pentagon Press Secretary George Little in a tweet Wednesday (Thursday in Manila).

On Monday night, two explosive devices went off inside the cinemas of two shopping malls in the southern Philippine city of Davao. At least five people were brought to the hospital complaining of hearing problem.

In a tweet spiced with humor, Pentagon’s Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization said: “Were they re-showing Gigli? Bomb explosions at 2 movie theaters in Philippines http://goo.gl/4K9EQC  The IED is a global threat.”

Gigli is a romantic comedy film starring Ben Affleck, Jennifer Lopez and Al Pacino. Critics proclaimed it as the worst Hollywood movie of 2003.

Little said the joke was “plainly unacceptable.”

An attempt by INQUIRER.net to access @JIEDDO twitter account Thursday afternoon showed it was unavailable.

“Sorry, that page doesn’t exist!” says a Twitter notice.

The Wall Street Journal reported that the US defense department’s IED group has apologized for the “distasteful comment,” adding it was investigating the incident.

In Manila, the Department of National Defense found it “noteworthy” that Pentagon swiftly apologized for the gaffe.

“It is noteworthy that they recognized, addressed and gave an apology for it immediately,” Defense spokesman Dr. Peter Paul Galvez told INQUIRER.net.

He declined to make any further comment. With a report from Frances Mangosing, INQUIRER.net

Originally posted at 12:10 p.m.








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  • ThudOthwacker

    It’s sarcastic no big deal. We deal sarcasm everyday either from Brenda Santiago-Defensor or Mar Roxas.

  • Palparan

    Wahahaha! good joke pentagon… it would have been better if that moron Duterte was included in the blast…

  • User Guest

    mga utak-mamamatay-tao talaga ang u.s. pentagon

  • GodHelpThePhilippines

    Hindi naman Gigli yung palabas. Local yata, “GIGIL” starring Katrina Halili

  • JamesJ

    In Philippine cinemas, only eardrums were damaged. In US cinema (premier of Batman) many were killed. Now look whose intelligence seems sleeping?

    • AnonCommenter

      Let’s not go there

  • wawa2172

    The joke is Ok, I did not even understand what it means because the tweet is in American English. Well I did not watch Gigle the worst movie in 2003 as claimed but I did watch on TV the two airplane that hit the World Trade Center in NY now known as the 9/11 tragedy. Good that what was damage by the blast in Davao City cinemas are the moviegoers eardrums only but the 9/11 did not only kill the thousands of people but it also destroyed the US of A invincibility.



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