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Why was Teddy Locsin Jr. emotional in welcoming OFWs?

Were the tears real?

Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro “Teddyboy” Locsin Jr. was visibly emotional Monday during the welcoming of 386 returning Filipino workers who just arrive from Lebanon at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.

“I want to thank people around me. Everyday nandito sila to welcome back our people.” he said, addressing the OFWs.

“We do it because we love you. And we do it because we respect our President, the first and only President who has dared for the least of the Filipino people,” he said as his voice wavered.

His speech followed presidential spokesman Harry Roque’s ‘perpetual isolation’ remark that stirred confusion within the public.

The corpses of 8 OFWs also arrived in the country, who were victims of the Beirut blast.

One Twitter user explained that Locsin was emotional because the OFWs, for a long time had to endure the living conditions in Lebanon and saw the sadness in their faces.

People have noted that the wavering of the voice and the audible sniff came after he mentioned Duterte, so it’s possible that he wasn’t really sincere towards the OFW.

Many saw it merely as an act.

Locsin acknowledged that he is just the face, but full credit should be given to the OWWA and the PCG for always being there.

Senator Tito Sotto said Locsin’s display of emotions was a sign of compassion and sincerity.


Written by JO-EST B. TAN

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