While President Aquino was being received by Vietnamese leader Nguyen Minh Triet, his speechwriter, Assistant Secretary Carmen “Mai” Mislang was tweeting “(the) wine sucks.” Apparently, Mislang knows more about wine than protocols.
Assistant Secretary Mai Mislang of the Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office received flak for tweeting, “sorry walang pogi dito #vietnam.” Malacañang obviously failed to inform Mislang that the purpose of the state visit was to establish economic – not romantic ties with the Vietnamese.
Defending the embattled assistant secretary, deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte says Mislang is one of the hardest working people in the Presidential Communications office – something that was evident during the state visit. Despite her busy schedule, she was able to hang around ogling Vietnamese boys! Sipag!
Assistant Secretary Mislang also tweeted, “crossing the speedy motorcyle-laden streets of Hanoi is one of the easiest ways to die” – to which a Vietnamese blogger reportedly replied, “posting insensitive tweets during a state visit is one of the easiest ways to damage diplomatic ties.”
Amid mounting criticisms, Assistant Sec. Mai Mislang wrote on her Facebook wall, “I apologize for my comments.” Rumors say Vietnamese nationals are willing to forgive Mislang… but only after she has tried crossing the streets of Hanoi.
On her Facebook account, Assistant Secretary Mai Mislang was more apologetic. She wrote, “I feel extremely blessed to be in a beautiful country blessed with warm hospitable people.” And the “Bait-baitan School of Acting Award” goes to…
Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte assures Mislang’s tweets won’t affect the relationship between the Philippines and Vietnam. She didn’t say though if the tweets would affect the relationship between Filipinos and the Communications Group.
Communications Secretary Ricky Carandang told Asst. Secretary Mai Mislang to restrain herself next time. Carandang explained that Mislang may have just been excited because this was her first state visit. And probably her last.
This just in: Amid a storm of criticism over her controversial tweets, Asst. Sec. Mai Mislang has officially filed a leave of absence… from Twitter.
Veni. Vidi. Vietnam. – I came. I saw. I insulted.
Halloween & Politics
Sunday was Halloween. It’s that time of the year when some people wear masks and costumes to hide their true selves and then go out scaring other people hoping to win something big. Wait a minute, that’s not Halloween. That’s the national elections.
Reports say Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo came in as a witch in a pre-Halloween party for neophyte lawmakers last week. The former president was praised by her colleagues for being effortless.
Sources say Ilocos Norte Rep. Imelda Marcos also attended the said event. She wore her original face.
“Tact is the unsaid part of what you think; its opposite, the unthought part of which you say.”
~Henry Van Dyke
From an unimpeachable source
Former vice president Noli De Castro, former congressman Ted Failon, and former senator Mar Roxas’ wife Korina Sanchez will anchor TV Patrol starting November 8. Karen Davila will banner Bandila. What will happen to Julius Babao and Ces Drilon? Abangan! Ganyan talaga sa telebisyon, parang pulitika lang. Minsan, mas matindi pa. Weather-weather lang.
Alas-sais y medya ng gabi. Ano ang pinapanood sa bahay n’yo?
– 24 Oras 41.69%
– TV Patrol 48.86%
– Willing Willie 9.45%