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Palace agrees with netizens’ negative response on Revilla speech

/ 03:53 PM June 10, 2014

Senator Ramon ‘Bong’ Revilla Jr. during his privilege speech at the Senate Building, Pasay City. LEO M. SABANGAN II/INQUIRER

MANILA, Philippines — Big brother is watching and he likes what he sees.

Malacañang on Tuesday revealed that it monitored the reaction of netizens on Senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr.’s privilege speech Monday.

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“Our new media team has been tracking citizens’ reaction to Senator Revilla’s privilege speech delivered yesterday,” Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. told Palace reporters.

“The overwhelming trend is negative and we agree with our bosses,” he said.

Coloma was referring to Revilla’s so-called farewell speech, which included pleas of unity for President Benigno Aquino III and a video accompanied by his singing.

Revilla accused Aquino of letting “political agenda” dictate the direction of the pork barrel scam investigation.

“You still have two remaining years. It isn’t right that you and your administration will be remembered for only jailing non-allies. Jailing your oppositors should not be the only achievement and legacy you will be leaving behind,” he said.

But Coloma pointed out that, “People are intelligent and discerning to be able to separate the chaff from the grain and to be able to separate truth from lies.”

Asked what he thought about Revilla’s singing, the spokesperson said it was still covered by the freedom of expression.

“We are a democracy and what he did is probably covered, not only by the rules of the Senate, but also of the freedom of expression,” he said.

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