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Beyond bashing: What netizens thought about Revilla speech according to Malacañang

/ 02:18 PM June 11, 2014

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

MANILA, Philippines—Malacañang on Tuesday revealed that based on online comments of 2,751 respondents, 99.93 percent found Senator Ramon ‘Bong’ Revilla Jr.’s speech not to their liking while a measly 0.7 percent said they supported the senator. But just how exactly did the netizens view Revilla, his speech and his music video?

The beleaguered lawmaker gave a privilege speech on Monday to deny his involvement in the pork barrel scam, urge President Benigno Aquino III to end the political mudslinging, and share his original song composition to the public.

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But Malacañang’s new media report showed that 18.98 percent expressed their belief that Revilla was corrupt, 16.02 percent said he was lying, and 11.92 percent lambasted the senator’s “music video.” Another 8.54 percent said he should resign while 8.07 percent said he should be in jail.

Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said, “The overwhelming trend is negative and we agree with our bosses.”

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Malacañang made available the breakdown of netizens’ sentiments:

Coloma said, “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.

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TOPICS: Bong Revilla, Malacañang, netizens, new media report, speech
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