Filipino artist and son of Mr. Pure Energy Gab Valenciano speak-up his thoughts on Mayor Duterte’s candidacy.
In his Facebook post Sunday December 6, Gab said he cannot support Duterte’s morality. While he said he commends Duterte’s leadership, he said he cannot compromise it with the leader’s character and moral ascendancy.
“No doubt, Duterte is a leader who leads, and leads well. But what about the model and nature in which that leadership is put across? Doesn’t that matter anymore? I respect him for his honesty and eagerness to lead our country back on track, but I cannot support his morality.” he said
Gab’s post was a response to Kitchie Nadal’s earlier post also about Duterte.
Expectant of a deluge of bashers and harsh comments Gab on Wednesday Dec 9 again took to his Facebook account to address those people.
He said it’s heartbreaking to read comments attacking his personal life. He adds, “It’s scary seeing where Filipinos stand culturally, socially, spiritually and mentally. What happened. What the heck happened.”
While he commends those who have given valid arguments, he said he stood by what he believe in and he’s not to apologize and back down.
“I stood up and spoke out for what I believe in, and I will not apologize nor back down. So come at me with your garbage, and I will retaliate with my education.”
Here’s the complete post of Gab Valenciano addressing haters on his Duterte post.
I woke up today with a barrage of messages over all my social media accounts, attacking not just my personal opinion, but my humanity as well.
Apparently, my Facebook status was featured and shared online (which was never my intention) and that’s where the backlash started. I would have loved to indulge in constructive arguments with people and go head to head on this issue, instead, they talk about how ugly I am, how I’m using this issue to boost my popularity, how I’m just desperately looking for attention because I don’t have a career anymore AND how I was never fit for show business. Wait, what? WHAT? I find it quite amusing. It doesn’t stop there. The list goes on and on and the comments go insanely low. I am not saying all this for pity, instead, for people to gain a certain level of consciousness of the current educational and mental state of the country. Now, not every comment was irrelevant. There were a couple of issues brought up and definitely made a lot of sense, but at this point, it wasn’t worth the participation anymore.
It’s sad. Heartbreaking even. Not necessarily with what they were saying about my personal life (since I’ve heard all that over and over before anyway), but seeing how real people who live real lives think and feel nowadays. It’s scary. It’s scary seeing where Filipinos stand culturally, socially, spiritually and mentally. What happened. What the heck happened. It’s deeper than just haters. It’s deeper than just trolls. These are actual people. The country is known to have a very shallow social media presence, but what about disgraceful, distasteful, uneducated, disrespectful and ignorant?
I commend everyone who gave valid comments and arguments on my original post. Because you actually are for the advancement of our country and are educated enough to know how to handle opposition.
I stood up and spoke out for what I believe in, and I will not apologize nor back down. So come at me with your garbage, and I will retaliate with my education.”
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