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MMDA Spokesperson Celine defends self from “balimbing” tag by critics, shares journey working with Opposition in 2016 election & now in Duterte admin

In the midst of intensified vilification campaign against her on social media by anti-Duterte Facebook pages, MMDA Spokesperson Celine Pialago decided the time has come to come clean about her past.

In case you missed it, Pialago has been called all sorts of unflattering names like “balimbing” or a turncoat by anti-Duterte pages because of her passion in defending the Duterte admin, especially in the issue of traffic, emergency powers and Jeepney Modernization program of the government.

If you’d recall, Pialago had a brief social media war with Renato Reyes of Bayan. ABS-CBN talent Enchong Dee even ran to the rescue of Reyes and ganged up on Pialago.

Perhaps, fed up with the online attacks against her, Pialago has taken to Facebook to share her journey from being one of the oppositions’ Media Relations Officers in the last 2016 elections to MMDA Spokesperson in the Duterte administration.

In the Facebook post, Pialago shared how she got her current job, her personal insights of President Duterte and her regret of working in the Opposition and not at the side of then Mayor and now President Duterte in the 2016 Presidential election after knowing more of his current Boss.

You can’t blame Pialago for heaping his Boss with praises since she was treated with respect despite jumping from the opposition to the administration after the election.

Pialago appealed to the anti-Duterte pages to stop attacking the President because they have it wrong about our President.

In the same breath, Pialago expressed hope these pages will stop being so desperate in trying to bring down people such herself and other supporters of President Duterte.

For example, the anti-Duterte pages have dug up her old campaign ID just to portray her as a “balimbing” or political opportunist.

Pialago said, she had not yet found her place or my conviction when she worked for the Opposition.

But this time, Pialago claimed she has found her conviction.

You may read MMDA Spokesperson Celine Pialago’s original article below.

It’s time to publicly share my journey why I went from one side to now serving our President Rodrigo Duterte. I believe it is my responsibility to publicly open and be transparent about my history.

I was only 24 years old going 25 when I worked as one of the oppositions’ Media Relations Officers in the last 2016 elections.

From news reporting, beauty pageants and showbiz, I went to a totally new thing, which is political campaigning. All I wanted was to go back to non-entertainment media since my plans for showbiz fell through.

When I applied for a job in Davao, a week after the 2016 elections, I never thought I would cross paths with our President Duterte. I was going to pass my resume to anybody, taking chances and hoping for the best.

But it was the President I met. 🤗

It’s true what they say, that you can’t know a person until you meet them in person.

And my God, I was surprised. President Duterte was jovial. He will not judge you nor act rudely towards you just because you are from a different political party.

He does not discriminate who he speaks to or prefers some over others. He treats everyone he speaks to with equal respect.

It was the first time I spoke with a President of the Philippines, and President Duterte acted like he was my dad. ☺️ He was personable, down to earth and simple.

Four hours stretched into the wee hours of the morning, but our enthusiasm was never doused. All of us enjoyed every minute of it. President Duterte at that time said, it’s more important for government employees to be loyal to the people than to him.

It was there I realized why 16 million Filipinos voted for him.

I feel sad that I wasn’t given an opportunity to be his supporter for the 2016 elections. ☹️☹️☹️

All those anti-government social media pages have it wrong about our President.

I hope these pages will stop being so desperate in trying to bring down people such as myself and other supporters of President Duterte.

They even dug up my old campaign ID just to portray me as a “balimbing” or political opportunist.That time I had not yet found my place or my conviction.

Today, I am sure.

I’m here not to please certain people, I’m here to serve the public. I have no secrets to hide. So you anti-government pages, stop encouraging others to oppose the government for the sake of opposing or for your agenda. Stop using political colors as pretentious symbols of loyalty to our country; they are actually colors of vested interests.

I am happy and proud to be part of this administration. You can expect that I will continue delivering this level of service to the best of my abilities.

So help me God. 🙏🏼

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Source: Celine Pialago

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