P-Noy says he won’t fire speechwriter over Twitter controversy
President Noynoy Aquino came to the defense of his speechwriter, Assistant Secretary Maria Carmen Mislang, who was criticized for "arrogant and insensitive Tweets" during the president’s Vietnam visit.
According to ABS-CBNNews.com, Aquino said that "Mislang is young and could easily make mistakes." Aquino added that Mislang wrote him a letter to explain and apologize for her mistake.
GMANews.tv reports "Aquino was convinced that Mislang has realized the implications" of her actions. Mislang also deactivated her Twitter account: "Upon realization, she had tried to correct what she did wrong," Aquino told GMANews.tv. The presidential aide also posted an apology on her Facebook account.
The president arrived in Manila on November 1 from his state visit to Vietnam where he attended the 17th Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit. Mislang was also part of Aquino’s contingent, reports ABS-CBNNews.com.
Mislang reportedly posted Tweets saying that the wine served at a state banquet "sucked," that there were "no handsome men" in Vietnam, and that it would be easy to die in the "motorcycle laden streets of Hanoi."
Communications Secretary Ricky Carandang has ordered his staff to stop Tweeting until the government’s social media policy has been reviewed. Carandang also told GMANews.TV, "It (Mislang’s Twitter controversy) is only an issue here among certain people. The Vietnamese didn’t even bring it up. It was not an issue."