Actor and former Optical Media Board Chair Edu Manzano by this time must have learned to “think before you tweet.” At 2:37 PM Thursday afternoon, Manzano wrote on Twitter: “PNoy and Grace Lee spotted at Promenade Greenhills today. In the middle of the day. To be fair, it IS a nice day for a leisurely stroll.”
Manzano is obviously being sarcastic since much of Metro Manila is currently experiencing torrential rain showers and thunder storms due to a low pressure area. An hour later, presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda chided Manzano for spreading “tsismis” (gossip).
He explained that President Aquino is presiding over a National Economic Development Authority board meeting and that it is still ongoing by the time he made the tweet. This means that the meeting has lasted for more than five hours.
After an hour, Manzano retracted what he wrote, saying: “Pnoy was NOT in Promenade with Grace Lee today. It was unconfirmed gossip, and I was overeager. I deserve all the backlash. Lesson learned.” He added: “Sorry for the confusion, everyone. In local parlance, “nakuryente” ako, and I was foolish to tweet unconfirmed chismis.”
As of posting time, Manzano has not stated where he got the information about Aquino’s supposed strolling with Grace Lee. In 2010, Manzano ran as the running-mate of Lakas-Kampi-CMD standard-bearer Gilbert Teodoro. He has not indicated so far any plans regarding the 2013 midterm polls.
Early this week, an article about “Noynoying” appeared in the Wall Street Journal. The act involves sitting around and staring into space. “The important thing is that you’re doing nothing,” Activist Vencer Crisostomo told the WSJ. The article mentioned Aquino’s partying with actress Valerie Concepcion at the height of Typhoon Sendong last December as proof of his hands-off leadership style.