SENATOR Sherwin Gat-chalian admitted that he lost his patience when he used curse words in his Twitter account after he was branded by some of his followers as “trapo” and “ingrato.”
“Daming nang-iinis e. Matagal na ganyan ugali ko. Wala naman nag-change. Meron din akong hangganan,” said Gatchalian.
Gatchalian, on his personal account @stgatchalian, commented on a news article, saying “The nation already lost its soul in the last 6 years.” The article was based on a statement of the former ruling Liberal Party’s (LP) statement that 2018 “may be the fight for [the] nation’s soul.”
One of Gatchalian’s followers replied to the senator’s tweet with screenshots of his posts back in 2010 and 2012. The said tweets showed Gatchalian praising then President Benigno Aquino III as “nice and very attentive.” He also thanked Aquino’s “anti-corruption efforts.”
Another follower replied, “Trapo kayo Gatchalian at Angara.” In response, the senator said in separate tweets “gago” and “gago ka!”
Gatchalian also replied with an “ulol” remark to one of his followers who called him “ingrato.”
Some thought that the account posting the said tweets was fake, but the senator replied to another follower, saying “ako ’yan.”
Senator JV Ejercito immediately gave advice to his colleague.
“Brod, don’t make patol trolls and other rabid followers. Cool ka lang. They are doing this on purpose. You have done a good job in your almost two years in the Senate,” said Ejercito in his tweet.
Gatchalian replied, “Thanks Bro. For 17 years in public service, I only focused on one objective -- how to serve the people better every single day.”