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‘Talo ang pikon.’ Celine Pialago now a laughingstock to journalists, celebrities, netizens after seeking help from NBI

Netizens, journalists, and even celebrities are all over Pialago on social media.

Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) spokesperson Celine Pialago is now the biggest “joke” in politics following her request to the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to go after people who throw “personal attacks” at her.

On Monday, Pialago consulted with the agency on possible charges she could file against those spreading false and negative information about her.

“Titingnan ko kung malalim yung epekto sa akin… ‘Yung mga bagay po na personal lalo na po yung walang katotohanan at hindi naman nila alam yung buong story yan magfa-file po ako ng case diyan. Iko-consult ko po yan sa NBI kung anong pwede kong gawin,” she told ABS-CBN News.

She is more focused on charging people who post “libelous” statements and doesn’t care much for the memes about her “She passed away” comment in a 2016 pageant as well as being a “dilawan” before becoming an ally of the current administration.

“[K]apag nilalabas na nila ay false information I will really seek help from NBI lalo na yung mga mapanirang puri dahil kawawa din yung mga private individuals na nadadamay,” she said.

Netizens, journalists, and even celebrities are all over Pialago on social media.

ABS-CBN reporter Mike Navallo has a little advice for Pialago.

Pialago was subjected to criticism over the weekend for her comments on the public’s sympathy for activist Reina Mae Nasino’s baby’s death, calling it a “drama serye.”

Nasino’s daughter, River, died at 3 months old due to acute respiratory distress syndrome.

In an October 18 Facebook post, Pialago said that the sympathy for Nasino and her dead daughter should stop.

“Kaya iyong mga sumisimpatiya kay Reina Mae Nasino, pag-aralan ‘nyo mabuti ang dahilan bakit siya nakulong at kilalanin ‘nyong mabuti kung sino siya sa lipunan,” she said.

“Masyado ninyong ginagawang pang-drama serye sa hapon ang paghihinagpis niya. Tigilan ‘nyo!” she added.

Many say she should be fired.

Her “drama serye” comment accurately represents her situation now, netizens say.

Ogie Diaz and Pia Magalona also commented about her.

The MMDA and Malacañang are also distancing themselves from the spokesperson.

Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque in a press briefing said Pialago’s comments are her own and not the agency’s.

“Tingin ko po personal na opinyon niya iyan. Hindi naman po iyan related sa MMDA iyang issue na iyan. Hayaan po natin na magkaroon ng personal na opinyon si spokesperson Pialago.”

MMDA general manager Jojo Garcia concurred with Roque.

Pialago was also criticized for revealing in a comment that her Facebook page has 70 administrators.

This prompted people to question whether taxpayer’s money was being used to fund her page.

She clarified to ABS-CBN’s Teleradyo that it was her brother who made the comment.

In a recent post, she said that her page only has seven admins.

“Meron po akong pito [na administrators]. Pinagalitan ko na po ‘yan. Actually younger brother ko ‘yung isang sumasagot. Dinelete ko na ‘yun. Hindi ko alam kung bakit nag-70 ‘yun dahil sa settings naman ng Facebook, 12 lang naman po talaga ang maximum na admin. Wala pong admin na 70,” she said.

“It’s an honest mistake from my younger brother and siya po ‘yung isa sa mga admin. Wala po akong pinapasahod na admin. Most of them po personal assistant, staff, two brothers,” she added.

She also denied that her page is being funded with taxpayer’s money, but it wasn’t enough, people still bashed her.

Written by Charles Teves

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