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