Teddy Locsin gets flak for saying Filipino must not be used during debates

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Teddy Locsin claimed that Tagalog should not be used during televised debates

Outspoken veteran broadcaster and commentator Teddy Locsin Jr. received flak Sunday night after making a series of Twitter posts claiming that Tagalog (or more accurately, Filipino) should not be used during debates.

“(Using) Tagalog should be discouraged. So long, so bullshitty, so useless a tongue for debate,” Locsin wrote. In succeeding posts, he described English as a ‘civilized language’ and the ‘language of men.’ He argued: “Tagalog sounds manly only when clipped and short like English.”

Of course, Locsin’s affection for English is understandable knowing his background as a newspaper columnist and speechwriter for the late former President Corazon Aquino. Nevertheless, many Twitter users expressed objections to what they described as Locsin’s elitist attitude and sexism.

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Teddy Locsin claimed that Tagalog should not be used during televised debates

As of 1AM of March 21, “Teddy Locsin” is one of the top trending topics on Twitter. Here are some of the popular responses to Locson’s tirades:

@MandeeFernandez – Language should not be blamed for the shitty statements they (the candidates) give.

@JamAncheta Jesus Christ. Are you even a Filipino?

@DotJarantilla It’s people like you that make our country worse than it already is. (English na yan ha, para maintindihan mo).

@FilipinoScribe –  I strongly disagree, Sir. Using Tagalog should be encouraged in the debates because it is more understandable to the public.

Locsin is a regular commentator for ABS-CBN News Channel’s The World Tonight. He served as Makati City congressman from 2001 to 2010.

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Mark Madrona is a prize-winning blogger, online journalist, and educator from the Philippines. Previously a book editor, he is now teaching communication subjects for two public universities in Manila. His blog The Filipino Scribe won 3rd place in a blog competition organized by the Affiliated Network for Social Accountability in East Asia and the Pacific (ANSA-EAP). In 2015, it was one of the finalists in the 2015 Lasallian Scholarum Awards for Best Online Feature Article in Youth and Education. He also won the Best Blog Award during the 2011 Population and Development Media Awards, the youngest recipient of that recognition. Know more about him here: http://www.filipinoscribe.com/about/.

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