Palace officials not barred from using Facebook, Twitter

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 31 2010 05:32 PM | Updated as of Nov 01 2010 08:39 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Palace officials are still free to use social networking sites despite the diplomatic gaffe recently committed by one of them during President Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino's state visit to Vietnam.

In an interview with radio dzRB on Sunday, Presidential deputy spokesperson Abigail Valte noted, however, that the supposedly rude tweets posted by Assistant Secretary Maria Carmen Mislang would be included in the "post-mortem analysis" of the Vietnam trip.

Mislang, one of the President's speechwriter, was part of the contingent to Vietnam.

While there, she posted in her Twitter account “The wine sucks” after the state banquet hosted by Vietnam President Nguyen Minh Triet in honor of Aquino.

She also tweeted: “Sorry pero walang pogi dito #vietnam.” (Sorry, there are no handsome men here.)

She also posted: “Crossing the speedy motorcycle laden streets of Hanoi is one of the easiest ways to die.”

Mislang apologized in her Facebook account after she was reprimanded. Her Twitter account, on the other hand, has reportedly been deactivated.

“The President has not issued any directive that we should stop using Twitter or Facebook. We have been using these social networking sites for feedback mechanism. It allows people to give us their views on certain matters," Valte said.

She said Mislang’s faux pas will be discussed when Aquino arrives from Vietnam.