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Cong. Alan Peter Cayetano has officially ‘gone too far’, uses popular K-pop boyband name for new Congress bloc

The hashtag #CayetanoStopUsingBTS has been trending on both Twitter and Facebook, even though the stats are a bit easier to see on Twitter.

If there’s one fandom you do not cross, it’s the Filipino ARMY. No, we’re not talking about the Philippine Army—we’re talking about Filipino fans of the K-Pop boyband BTS.

Ousted House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano had the audacity to name his new group in Congress BTS after the popular K-pop group.

The hashtag #CayetanoStopUsingBTS has been trending on both Twitter and Facebook, even though the stats are a bit easier to see on Twitter.

As of this writing, the hashtag has over 10,000 posts on Twitter alone, and that’s not including mere references to the words “Cayetano” and “BTS” in the same tweet.

 

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Filipino ARMYs wasted no time blasting former House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano with something along the lines of “you do not cross BTS”, which also included calls for eligible ARMYs to vote in the upcoming 2022 national elections.

Cayetano’s move has been such a hot topic that local news outlets picked it up as soon as the topic started trending on Twitter—which was at 7 in the morning Philippine time, January 13.

The hashtag came from Cayetano’s most recent political move: forming a new bloc in the House of Representatives named “BTS sa Kongreso”, with BTS meaning “Back To Service”.

According to Cayetano, he specifically chose the name because the “House of the People” has become the “House of Politics”, implying that lawmakers spent more time focusing on personal agendas rather than addressing issues either within their district or on a national level.

He also says the new bloc is set to meet to talk about current issues—such as vaccines.

He would add that BTS means another thing: Bayanihan, Tapang, Serbisyo. The members of the new bloc include Cayetano from the Taguig-Pateros legislative district, Camarines Sur 2nd District Rep. Luis Raymund “LRay” Villafuerte, Laguna 1st District Rep. Dan Fernandez, Anaklusugan Partylist Rep. Mike Defensor, Bulacan 1st District Rep. Jose Antonio Sy-Alvarado, Capiz 2nd District Rep. Fredenil Castro, and Batangas 2nd District Rep. Raneo Abu.

Members of the new bloc will remain in the majority as they are still supportive of President Rodrigo Duterte according to Fernandez, a former Deputy Speaker.


Cayetano has since apologized to ARMYs for using the name of their favorite boyband, saying he did not mean to offend them.

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