MANILA – Senatorial candidate Teodoro Casiño on Tuesday again apologized for his staff member's arrogant tweets against ABS-CBN journalist Ces Drilon last week.
Last Wednesday, Drilon retweeted questions about Casiño’s alleged links to the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army. The questions also asked about Casiño’s stand on the NPA’s permits to campaign and asked if the senatorial bet would urge the communist movement to give up the armed struggle.
Instead of answering, Casino’s legislative officer Vince Borneo accused Drilon of "red-baiting." He also labeled Drilon as a teleprompter reader.
He also told one Twitter follower: "You have to hit at bitches to keep them in check."
Speaking to ANC’s Headstart, Casiño said he immediately apologized to Drilon after seeing the offensive tweets. He also reprimanded Borneo who has since apologized to the journalist.
“Napundi na yung staff ko so sumagot siya ng pabalagbag. It was bordering on the macho, arrogant…Nung nabasa ko yung tweets, I immediately apologized to Ces. I said it was out of line,” he said.
Casiño said he was at a forum when Borneo sent out the offensive tweets and was only able to respond later in the day.
He said he was personally offended by the tweets and would understand why other people would also take offense.
He said: “Sinabihan, pinagalitan namin yung staff. Kahit pa gaano kabigat yung pressure sa iyo, you are not supposed to be arrogant. Natural na magtatanong yung tao, journalist siya e. You are not supposed to ask the motives of those who ask questions. These are very legitimate questions that have to be addressed by candidates like me.”
Asked if he fired Borneo, he said: "Hindi naman fire.We put guidelines on how he uses his social media at pinaintindi namin sa kanya ano yung problema . I think everyone deserves a second chance. Tinanggap naman niya and he also personally apologized. If he does it again, then probably I’ll fire him."
ANC Headstart, February 19, 2013