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Kim Chiu defends VP Leni Robredo over ‘controversial’ birthday greeting

What could’ve been a simple and short video turned out to be a hot topic on social media

Kim Chiu wasted no time responding to a critic of Vice President Leni Robredo after her ‘blown up’ birthday greeting to the actress.

On Instagram, Kim shared a video of Robredo greeting her as she turned 32 years old.

“Kim, happy, happy birthday. Magkasunod pala birthday natin. But I want to wish you a very happy birthday. I know you’re in a good place now,” Robredo began in the video and continued to tell the It’s Showtime host “how inspiring your life has been for many people including myself.” the vice president said.

“Sinusubaybayan ko ‘yung journey mo at ikaw ang pinakamagandang example ng pag-defy ng lahat ng odds. At ‘yung kasikatan ay ginagamit para mag-influence ng iba sa kabutihan. So keep up the good work. Keep inspiring others. I wish you all the best. We wish all the luck in the world kasi you deserve it. Happy birthday!” she added.

What could’ve been a simple and short video turned out to be a hot topic on social media. Trolls were intrigued by Robredo’s choice of words. They made it out like the “you’re in a good place now” was used in the wrong context.

Kim decided to address one of the bashers on Twitter.

“Wag ka nga! Di naman ikaw yung binati eh. Ako di ba? Ako yung nag birthday. Nakikinood ka na nga lang ganyan ka pa. Ako kasi naiintindihan ko, para sakin naman yung message,” she wrote.

“Ikaw ba? Nabati ka na ng taong tinitingala mo sa birthday mo? Bawas nega. Para angat buhay lahat,” she added.

However, Robredo didn’t say anything wrong. “In a good place” may refer to a person’s mental state. The other idiom, “in a better place” means someone has already passed away.

Miss Trans Global Mela Franco Habijan also corrected Mark Lopez, one of the propagandists who made the birthday greeting an issue.

Written by Charles Teves

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