Georgina speaks up about Erap tweet


Posted at May 23 2013 03:40 PM | Updated as of May 24 2013 08:45 PM

Georgina Wilson and Jake Ejercito. File photos

MANILA, Philippines – TV host-model Georgina Wilson finally broke her silence a week after Jake Ejercito called her attention to a post she made about his dad, former President Joseph “Erap” Estrada.

In a post on micro-blogging site Twitter last Friday, Ejercito quoted the Filipina-British model as saying, "ugh i hate politics - but I only have one thing to say: Anyone that votes for Erap is a f***ing idiot"

In an e-mail sent to the entertainment website on Wednesday, Wilson said the tweet that Ejercito was reacting to was posted four years ago.

"I would like to clarify the details of a tweet I posted regarding former President Joseph Ejercito Estrada. The tweet was written four years ago in 2009, at a time when I was still studying at University in Australia. It is in no way connected to the recently concluded elections,” she said.

While Wilson said she is sorry if she has hurt the Ejercito-Estrada family, she found it unfair that her tweet was taken out of context.

"I fully understand the responsibilities that come with being part of this industry. I know my words were insensitive and hurtful, but I feel it is not fair that it has been taken out of context," she said.

In Ejercito’s reply last Friday, he said: "Ms. Wilson, social media might be a free world but I think it's quite irresponsible to express such an opinion unless you are well-versed with the current situation of the city of Manila and how the present local administration has failed to handle it.

"Moreover, to call 325,288 Manileños, including the 9.4 million Filipinos who voted for him in 2010, 'f***ing idiots' is harsh and truly uncalled for. Don't hate without knowing the facts," he added, also on Twitter.

Estrada was ousted from power in 2001 after an uprising triggered by allegations of corruption. In 2010, he ran for president and placed second after the country’s incumbent President Benigno Aquino III.

In the recently concluded mid-term elections, Estrada ran again as a mayor of Manila where he got 343,993 votes, edging out incumbent Mayor Alfredo Lim.