When a photo of former President Rodrigo Duterte visiting Harley Davidson Manila made the rounds on social media, his rabid critics, mostly Pinklawans went overdrive in making innuendos that the former President is now shopping for his favorite hobby – motorcycles – thanks to kickbacks from government contracts during his presidency.
Of course, such innuendos from the Pinklawans do not sit will with staunch Duterte supporters like social media influencer MJ Quiambao Reyes who immediately took to Facebook to defend the former President.
In fairness to the Pinklawan critics, the former President indeed went shopping for new motorcycle but contrary to their malicious insinuation that ex-PRRD spent taxpayers’ money or kickback from government contracts to buy his new toy, Reyes said the former president purchased it using his lump sum pension.
Here’s what Reyes wrote on Facebook:
PRRD got his retirement pay a month or so ago. “Totoo pala,” kwento nya (sabay naki-maritess na rin kami kung magkano natanggap ).
If I’m not mistaken, this is the big bike (or is it big trike?) that PRRD got for himself promptly after receiving his retirement/pension. Katas ito ng ilang dekadang pani-nerbisyo nya sa bayan.
Here are some of the comments of netizens below.
One netizen slammed the Pinklawans for accusing the former President of using stolen money from the taxpayers to pay for the motorcycle.
Tapos chismis sa kabila ninakaw daw pera. As if naman walang sweldo ang presidente
Another netizen expressed disinterest what the other camp against the former President. He believes ex-PRRD deserved the new motorcycle.
Anumang sabihin nila… he deserves it for his utmost dedication in serving our country
A third echoed the sentiment of the above commenter.
He deserved it naman tlaga Kasi super sipag n tatay digong someday ma.meet ko din sya Inshallah
Generally, Reyes’ FB followers have nothing but love and support for the former President. In fact, out of the 9,654 reactors, only 1 netizen hit the angry emoticon.
Source: MJ Quiambao Reyes