MANILA - Lay off social media.
This was Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV's piece of unsolicited advice to Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. in the wake of a supposed passport data breach, which he bared on Twitter.
“One unsolicited advice kay Secretary Locsin, mag-focus muna siya sa trabaho niya being the top diplomat of the country at lubay-lubayan niya muna ang social media kasi di naman siya mangangampanya. Di naman siya politiko, iba siya kumpara sa amin (politicians),” Trillanes said during a forum Thursday.
(He should focus on his job as the top diplomat of the country and should lay off social media because he is not campaigning. He is not a politician, he is different from us.)
It was through Locsin's Twitter account that the public learned of a supposed "data breach" involving passports - an incident that had drawn concerns from officials and passport holders.
In response to a netizen's query, Locsin said a government contractor "took all the data" when its contract terminated, forcing the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) to "rebuild" its database for passports issued before 2010.
Locsin, a former journalist and lawmaker, is known to be vocal with his thoughts on social media and frequently responds to netizens' queries on Twitter with unfiltered language.
Trillanes explained that frequent use of social media might distract Locsin from his work.
“Masyado siyang nakababad sa social media, sa Twitter in particular tapos pinapatulan niya kung ano-anong komentaryo dun," Trillanes said.
(He is using social media too much, particularly Twitter. He keeps on responding to different commentaries there.)
"Sa akin, focus muna siya sa trabaho niya. It can consume him eh," he added.
(For me, he should focus instead on his job.)
On his Twitter account Thursday, Locsin thanked a netizen who commented that he is still able to do his job despite being active online. He also retweeted praises sent him and the DFA.
Speaking to radio DZMM on Thursday, Locsin said authorities will still investigate how much passport data was lost.
"We will see how much was lost. There will be forensic analysis. Pero for sure, mayroong nawala (but for sure, something was lost)," Locsin said.
The National Privacy Commission (NPC) is investigating the alleged data security breach.
Two senators have also called for a legislative inquiry into the incident.
-report from Sherrie Ann Torres, ABS-CBN News