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Mayor Rex Gatchalian cries foul over trending hate messages

Mayor Rex Gatchalian and Valenzuela City trends after netizens attacked the mayor for an alleged Nazarene procession.

  • It turned out that a lot of netizens misread the headlines and mistook Venezuela the country for Valenzuela the city.
  • Gatchalian took it to Facebook and Twitter to explain that it did not happen in Valenzuela City.

Valenzuela City Mayor Rex Gatchalian posted an amusing yet frustrating explanation for the sudden appearance of his name in Twitter’s trending topics.

It was due to people misreading the news about Venezuela holding a procession for the Nazarene despite the dangers of spreading the coronavirus. Apparently some netizens thought it was Valenzuela the city, not Venezuela the country.

The mayor posted a screenshot on his Facebook page, showing a netizen named Sandra Mimi Flores questioning his “decision” to hold a procession amid the enhanced community quarantine.

So ang daming nagagalit sa akin dahil dito. Hindi ko alam na ako na din pala ang pinuno ng bansa na Venezuela.Mga…

Posted by REX Gatchalian on Wednesday, April 8, 2020

He also uploaded a screenshot of Twitter’s top trends with the caption “Trending for the wrong reason, wrong location.”

Gatchalian also explained himself on Twitter.

This “epic fail” has amused other netizens and has become the subject of their jokes.

Others also informed everyone that Valenzuela and Venezuela are indeed different.

Among 79 participating countries, the Philippines scored the lowest in reading comprehension in the 2018 Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA). PISA is a worldwide study by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development.

Mass testing for COVID-19 will start in Valenzuela City on April 11.

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