MALACANANG on Tuesday said that it agrees with the "negative" reactions of netizens on the privilege speech on Monday by Senator Ramon Revilla Jr., one of those charged with plunder for allegedly pocketing multi-million peso kickbacks from his pork barrel fund.
Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said in a news briefing that Malacanang's new media team has tracked the citizens' reaction to Revilla's speech.
"The overwhelming trend is negative and we agree with our bosses," he said.
"Mainam po sigurong pakinggan natin ang tinig ng mga mamamayan, sapagkat sa isa pong demokrasya, ang mga mamamayan ang pinaka-makapangyarihan," the Palace official added.
In the summary of new media report, the Palace cited that 99.93 percent of the 2,751 respondents expressed negative comments on Revilla's privilege speech, while only 0.07 percent said otherwise.
Among the negative comments Malacanang cited include, "Kitang- kitang ni hinde kayang ideliver ng may sincerity 'yun linya nya," "This kind of crap happens when people vote for someone like Bong Revilla!!! singing on his privilege speech!! #VeryWrong #BantayKaban," and "Ang drama ni Bong Revilla. Ilabas ang Panday!!!drama!!! "Daddy alam kong nanonod ka Ok ba ang performance ko?"
The positive reactions, on the other hand, were "Hustisya para kay Bong Revilla," and "Naiyak ako sa Privelage speech ni Bong Revilla. Naniniwala parin ako sayo Senator."
At the same time, Coloma said the government is ready to face any destabilization attempts against the administration amid the pork barrel scam.
"Buo ang kahandaan ng ating pamahalaan na tumugon sa ganyang sitwasyon," he said.
Revilla, in his privilege speech, asked the Aquino administration to stop mudslinging and slandering and called on President Benigno Aquino III to govern the country with love and not hate.
Aside from Revilla, the other two senators who were charged with plunder were Senators Juan Ponce Enrile and Jinggoy Estrada. (SDR/Sunnex)