MANILA (UPDATED) - Malacañang tells Senator Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr. to listen to the negative reactions to his privilege speech on Monday, using it as a reason to decline further comment on the matter.
"Our new media team has been tracking citizens' reaction to Senator Revilla's privilege speech delivered yesterday. The overwhelming trend is negative and we agree with our bosses. Mainam po sigurong pakinggan natin ang tinig ng mga mamamayan, sapagkat sa isa pong demokrasya, ang mga mamamayan ang pinaka-makapangyarihan," Communications Secretary Sonny Coloma said.
"It is best that we listen to the taxpayers whose money is being spent in such exercise," he added.
Based on a report of the Presidential Communication Operations Office (PCOO) New Media Office, 99.93 percent of the 2,751 respondents were against Revilla and only 0.07 percent expressed support for the senator.
The data was as of 6:30 p.m. on Monday. Sources were blogs, news sites (Philippine Daily Inquirer, Philippine Star, Manila Bulletin, ABS-CBN, GMA News, InterAksyon, among others), and social media (using hashtags and keywords).
Some of the sample comments of those who criticized Revilla were:
- Kitang- kitang ni hinde kayang ideliver ng may sincerity yun linya nya.
- This kind of crap happens when people vote for someone like bong revilla!!! singing on his privilege speech!! #VeryWrong #BantayKaban
- Ang drama ni Bong Revilla.. Ilabas ang Panday!!!drama!!! "Daddy alam kong nanonod ka Ok ba ang performance ko?"
Some of the sample comments of those who supported Revilla were:
- Hustisya para kay Bong Revilla
- Naiyak ako sa Privelage (sic) speech ni Bong Revilla. Naniniwala parin ako sayo Senator
Below is the breakdown of the sentiments:
(18.98%) - Corrupt
(16.02%) - His privilege speech is full of lies
(11.92%) - Bashing on Revilla's song
(8.54%) - Should resign
(8.07%) - Should be in jail
(6.80%) - Trapo script
(5.27%) - "Drama king"
(4.83%) - Not credible
(4.07%) - Doesn't have integrity
(3.92%) - Shameless
(2.98%) - Guilty
(2.54%) - Epal
(2.03%) - Waste of time
(1.49%) - Greedy in power and money
(1.09%) - Too much publicity
(1.05%) - Classic example of traitor
(0.33%) - Womanizer
(0.07%) - Supports Bong Revilla
In his speech, Revilla accused President Benigno Aquino III of being vindictive and urged him to fix the economy instead of merely jailing critics of the administration.
Coloma refused to directly comment on Revilla's tirades, saying they prefer to focus on doing their duties and pursuing the reform programs of government.
"As we have particularly elated, for example, with the report of NEDA (National Economic and Development Authority), that is the kind of focus that we want to concentrate on and that we believe that our energies are better spent in that manner."
He, however, disputed the senator's claims that Aquino is governing with hate, not love.
"Sa lahat naman po ng pagpupulso sa mga mamamayang Pilipino, ipinahiwatig nila ang kanilang pagtitiwala sa kanyang pamumuno. At sa taas naman po ng kanilang ibinigay na marka sa kanya, hindi naman po siguro makatwiran na ganoon ang magiging kongklusyon," he said.
He also dispelled notions that Aquino is vindictive. "Sa pagkakilala ko po sa kanya ay hindi. At kapag nga po tinunghayan natin ang pagpupulso sa mamamayang Pilipino ay malinaw naman po na ang malaking bahagdan ng ating mga mamamayan ay hindi sumasang-ayon sa ganyang klaseng pagtuturing."