Did Rep. Pacquiao tweet 'lolo mong panot'?

by TJ Manotoc, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 22 2011 02:28 PM | Updated as of Mar 23 2011 02:08 AM

MANILA, Philippines - As Filipinos tuned in to their television sets to catch members of the House of Representatives debate and cast their votes on the impeachment complaint against Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez, so too was an absentee congressman.

He was not around, but he may as well have cast his vote--over Twitter.

I vote NO! and I can give my explanation thanks12:08 AM Mar 22 via Twitter for BlackBerry®

It's no secret that Sarangani Congressman Manny Pacquiao is in Baguio preparing for his upcoming May 7 fight with Shane Mosely in Las Vegas.

But the twitterverse was rudely reminded of his absence in the plenary debates when he himself tweeted that he was watching, and that he found the discussions "interesting".

I'm watching impeachment trial very interesting topic good night everyone thanks11:14 PM Mar 21 via Twitter for BlackBerry®

That tweet triggered a wave of responses, with some questioning his absence.

The most surprising thing about the whole Twitter moment was how @CongMP chose to react to a couple of “tweeps” who questioned his absence.

@nerveending to hell with @congmp. Why the f*** did you run for congress when you know you'd barely be present? @momblogger11:24 PM Mar 21 via Twitter for iPhone

wondering too RT @RAndRat: @nerveending to hell with @congmp. Why the f*** did you run for congress when you know you'd barely be present11:26 PM Mar 21 via TweetDeck

@CongMP, the Twitter username which Pacquiao said he owns, said: “e Di magreklamo ka Sa Lolo mo” to @momblogger, and followed it up with "e Di magreklamo ka Sa Lolo mong panot hahaha” to @RAndRant.

@momblogger e di mag reklamo ka doon sa lolo mo hahahaha thanks11:35 PM Mar 21 via Twitter for BlackBerry®

@RAndRat e di mag reklamo ka sa lolo mong panot hahahaha11:37 PM Mar 21 via Twitter for BlackBerry®

For some observers of the conversation, they found Pacquiao's behavior on Twitter unbecoming of a lawmaker.

ANONG KLASENG SAGOT TO? CONGRESSMAN KA! RT @RAndRat e di mag reklamo ka sa lolo mong panot hahahahaless than a minute ago via web

Hmm. Di ko alam kung nakakatawa 'to. Okay, remember: Congressman. RT @CongMP: @RAndRat e di mag reklamo ka sa lolo mong panot hahahahaless than a minute ago via web

Others, however, chose to defend him and told off people to leave him alone so that he can train in peace.

@CongMP - you can vote whatever you want. I would've voted No if i were in your position. Dont worry about it. :)less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPhone

@CongMP yup..positive energy only para everyone is happy :-)..less than a minute ago via web

With the influx of mixed reactions, Cong. Pacquiao later tweeted that he would be deleting his Twitter account.

As of press time, instead of making good his threat of deleting his account, he ended up deleting that last tweet.

House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. has yet to react on the matter.