Why Locsin won't stop tweeting: I can't allow stupidity to flourish

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Posted at Jul 03 2019 09:22 AM | Updated as of Jul 03 2019 09:34 AM

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Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. on Wednesday said he will not take a break from Twitter or shut down his Twitter account, saying he has a "patriotic duty to stop stupidity." 

Speaking to ANC's Headstart, Locsin acknowledged that he has made mistakes in the past including the time when he called Vice President Leni Robredo "boba" over her comments on the cancellation of diplomatic passports.

The foreign affairs chief has since apologized for the remark. 

"I said sorry. I shouldn't have said that. I then realized not only did I hurt her feelings but I hurt her children's feelings and I hope they never forgive me for that because you never hurt children. Although I am insulted but my children are tough so they don't care," he said. 

He added that he has not reached out to Robredo, but agreed that there have been lessons learned. 

"As far as I am concerned, if I was her I wouldn't accept me reaching out to her. I never fool myself. When I do wrong, then I do wrong," he said. 

He added: "I keep learning those lessons and unlearning them because suddenly I encounter - how politely can I put it - I encounter less than the intelligence I expect of a fellow human being. Then I blow up. Sometimes, I don't. I let it go."

"I do know this - that using insults is a fast way of getting it off your chest but on the other hand, explaining it without calling someone out as you know and explaining why I should really be calling you know...is actually more effective but sometimes, well, I am only human."

Asked if he would consider taking a break from Twitter, he said: "No. I would want to get out of Twitter but then I cannot. I have this obligation, which was inculcated by my father working on Free Press, I cannot allow stupidity to flourish."

"When it lies in my power to do something about it, I feel it is my patriotic duty to stop stupidity. It is the greatest threat to our country."