When asked how he was doing during plenary debates, Senator Robinhood Padilla confessed to reporters that he is experiencing difficulty following because his colleagues normally engage debates in English.
‘Nahihirapan lang ako. Pwede dahan-dahan lang?’ the neophyte senator told reporters.
Senator Robinhood Padilla’s confession made it to the headlines of the Inquirer, giving his critics the opening to make a mockery out of him, especially the rabid supporters of the Kakampinks like Audie Gemora who felt strongly that their senatorial bets, you know who they are, were deserving of a senate slot more than the action star and neophyte senator.
On Twitter, the stage, television, film actor and singer Audie Gemora wasted no time in throwing shades at the supporters of the former and the incumbent administrations how wrong they were in sending a kinder-gardener (kindergarten is the correct term) in graduate school and expect the class to adjust?
Perhaps due to Gemora’s eagerness to put Senator Robin Padilla to shame and at the same time, make the neophyte senator’s supporters cringe in embarrassment for voting somebody whom Gemora thinks is unqualified because of Mr. Padilla’s non-mastery of the English language when compared with Kakampink senatorial bets, he also put himself in an embarrassing situation.
In other words, his attempt to embarrass Senator Robinhood Padilla backfired!
To understand what I was talking about, you may now read MJ Quiambao Reyes’ original FB post below.
To Mr. Gemora & to others who think & tweet like him:
Una, bago po kayo mang insulto, siguruhin n’yo po muna na tama ang spelling nyo ng KINDERGARTNER para di ka naman nakakahiya.
Pangalawa, hindi sukatan ng talino at competence ang galing sa pananalita ng wikang banyaga. [Otherwise, ano na lang ang magiging tingin sa iyo Audie now that you can’t even spell a simple word correctly?]
Pangatlo, ang pagiging mapagkumbaba at ang pagmamahal sa sariling wika ay hindi kailanman kabobohan o kakulangan ng kakayahan magsilbi sa bayan.
Isinusulong ni Sen. Robin Padilla ang pag gamit ng sariling wika hindi lang dahil sa doon sya mas bihasa at mas kumportable kundi dahil gusto rin nyang mas maunawaan ng nakararaming mamamayan ang mga mahahalagang isyung pinagdedebatehan sa senado.
Tulad ng sabi sa amin mismo ni PRRD noong July 18 (if my memory serves me right):
“Mahusay man yan talaga si Robin. That guy can express himself in English if he wants to. Pero gusto nya talagang gamitin ang Filipino. Bakit naman hindi.”
[Oo, SRP, pinag chismisan ka namin ]
Source: MJ Quiambao Reyes