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Pati trahedya pinupulitika! ‘Dilawans’ Ted Te, Leah Navarro draw flak for linking Cotabato quake to Duterte

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Netizens are bashing former Supreme Court spokesperson Theodore Te and singer Leah Navarro for linking politics to the twin earthquakes which rocked parts of Mindanao this week.

Te tweeted on October 31: “What’s with all the earthquakes in Mindanao?” Navarro replied: “Retribution?”

The former Supreme Court spokesperson and singer are known to be supporters of the Aquino administration.

Marawi crisis spokesman and former Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) assemblyman Zia Alonto Adiong slammed Te and Navarro for being insensitive.

Adiong said in a Facebook post that no one was to blame about the magnitude 6.6 and 6.5 earthquakes which hit parts of Mindanao on October 29 and 31, respectively.

“We don’t obligate people from afar to extend help to Mindanao as this would require logistical considerations and obviously for some, travel is indeed an issue. However, we also do not expect people to be this callous in expressing such insensitive remarks while many have yet to overcome the trauma brought about by this recent calamity,” he said.

Adiong said Te and Navarro’s tweets show the “typical ‘us’ and ‘them’ mindset” dividing the country.

The Facebook page Mindavote said Te and Navarro’s statements were typical of “Yellows” who always sought to put President Rodrigo Duterte and the current administration in a bad light.

“That pattern of hate from these so called guardians of democracy has continued for the past three years. On every occasion that presents itself, they have sunk to levels of entitlement, ignorance, and arrogance that has fueled the anger of millions of Filipinos,” it said in a post.

Te deleted his tweet Saturday (November 2) due to the controversy it caused.

“I have deleted a tweet and my reply-explanation to that tweet which, though unintended, have caused offense, pain, and hurt to family and friends in Mindanao where I am from, proud to be from, and which I love. .,” he tweeted.

“Though my tweet was rhetorical, non-political, and personal, it invited hurtful replies from others whose tweets I cannot and do not control. I apologize for giving them that platform. To family and friends from Mindanao, please be assured of my prayers for your safety,” Te added.

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