It’s part of social media history when G. Tongi rebuked Ella Cruz for her ‘history is like chismis’ remark. According to G. Tongi’s tweet, she would love to share with Ella how as an 8 year old marched to the streets, along with countless others who are part of history that Ella is dismissing as here say.
@itsEllaCruz actors don’t need to justify the villainy of their roles. I would ❤️ to share with you how at 8 years old in 1986, I marched to the streets, along with countless others who r part of a history you are dismissing as here say. Wag nak’! It feels like erasure. Di Tama! https://t.co/oNc2AfplhC— Giselle Töngi (@gtongi) July 4, 2022
However, G. Tongi’s claim that as an 8-year old school girl, she took part in EDSA People Power was disputed by netizens including VOVph as false as per Inquirer archive article.
G. Tongi quickly dismissed the Inquirer article as inaccurate and insisted she was in EDSA 1986 as an 8-year old girl.
Why are people so gullible? I was at People Power, when the Marcos authoritarian family was ousted out of power. I was a student in De La Salle Zobel at the time living in Paranaque. Just coz a prior article is wrong doesn’t discredit my experience. Mga tanga! 🤪— Giselle Töngi (@gtongi) July 8, 2022
G. Tongi further presented further proof that she indeed was studying in the Philippines at the time when EDSA 1986 happened and the inquirer article written about her was inaccurate.
I went to several schools during elementary. 1st grade in New Jersey , 2nd & 3rd Grade in La Salle Zobel, 4th-5th back in Jersey then 6th grade back in Manila. Here’s me from the yearbook as proof. @inquirerdotnet article is inaccurate. https://t.co/40EIobuMKj— Giselle Töngi (@gtongi) July 11, 2022
That being said, International Relations expert and SMNI News Statecraft host Sass Rogando Sasot shared the moral of the story on G. Tongi correcting the Inquirer article written 2 decades ago which everyone who reads it thought was true for quite some time. Sasot reckoned that if G. Tongi can correct a story written about her by telling her side of the story, so it is but fair that we must welcome every person telling us their side of the story.
Confused? You may now read Sass Sasot’s original FB post for a clearer explanation.
So here’s the moral of the story: Miss G Töngi corrects in 2022 an article written by Inquirer about 2 decades ago, which everyone thought was true for quite some time. She corrects the Inquirer story about her by telling her side of the story. Nothing wrong about that. Pero di naman pupwede na si Miss Töengi lang ang may karapatang mag-revise. Thus, we must welcome every person telling us their side of the story. “Every” includes anyone, regardless of their family name, or the extent of how they were villainized in history. In other words, Ms Töngi should also give other people a chance to do what she did now. Lastly, if we were gullible to believe a simple Inquirer article about her, then how could she be so sure that she was not gullible at 7 yo? ENDS