Angelica Panganiban in Twitter spat with Phil Younghusband fan
Yesterday, Angelica Panganiban had a heated exchange with a Phil Younghusband fan on Twitter after the actress expressed her sadness over the football player’s reported involvement in an independent film, reports PEP.ph.
"Akala ko ba football player sya??? :( lahat na lang artista na :( sad," Panganiban Tweeted. ("I thought he was a football player? Everybody is now in showbiz. Sad.") Referring to English footballer Wayne Rooney, she added, "Sila rooney ba gumagawa ng movie? I dont think so :) mukhang busy lang sila kkpractice para laging manalo :)" ("Does Rooney make movies? I don’t think so. They seem to be busy practicing.")
Panganiban later Tweeted, "Sana lang mag focus muna silang lahat sa football. Para sa pinas kasi yun. #justsayin’ after na lang ng tourny mag artista." ("I hope they would just focus on football for the pride of the country. Just saying. I hope they join showbiz after the tournament.")
Because of her comments, she drew flak from fans of the Philippine football team on Twitter, according to ABS-CBN News. PEP.ph reports that Twitter user @anilmorales, identified as Baby Morales, fired below-the-belt comments against Panganiban, calling her "dumb," "stupid" and "bitch," among others.
"Ang kitid ng utak ng iba. D ko sinasabing ang gusto ko eh ako lang ang artista. Kung gusto pala nya mag artista, sana d na sya nag football," Panganiban Tweeted, according to PEP.ph. "Sana sa PBB sya sumali :) d sa azkals. Baka mapuyat sya sa shooting d sya makalaro ng maayos. Gets nyo ba ko? O buong araw natin to issue?"
("Some people are so narrow minded. I’m not saying that I’m the only person who should be in showbiz. If he wanted to join showbiz, he should not have been a football player... He should have joined Pinoy Big Brother, not the Azkals. He might not get enough sleep because of the shooting schedule, and this could affect his playing. Do you see where I’m coming from? Or is this going to be an issue all day?")
Morales said Panganiban should not criticize Younghusband because she has not done anything to make Filipinos proud. The netizen also said Panganiban’s boyfriend, actor Derek Ramsay, is "trying hard" to be an athlete. Ramsay is a professional frisbee player who has won international awards, according to PEP.ph.
In response to Morales’ Tweets, Panganiban called the Twitter user "bakla," "bastos" and "nakakahiya" ("gay, rude and embarrassing"), and asked her fans to bring Morales down.
She later said that she is considering filing a case against Morales. Ramsay told entertainment blogger Darla Sauler, "What the person said is definitely uncalled for, what he/she was saying has definitely nothing to do with football. This calls for a legal action. That fan should realize that whatever he/she said would only reflect on his/her idol/s (Team Azkals)."