Lacierda Blames Residents For Not Following DOST Twitter

Malacañang on Monday blamed Metro Manila residents for their failure to get timely information on weather conditions by not following the Twitter account of the Department of Science and Technology.

Incessant rains on Sunday until Monday has practically immobilized activities in Metro Manila because of flooding which prompted schools to suspend classes in all levels, including government work.

“Obviously some of you were not able to get it because you were not following the Twitter account of DOST. We can release you the timeline and we will furnish you just for the sake of clarification and to clear the air as to: Were they remiss or not? And this will show that the Pagasa [Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration] as not remiss in their duty to inform the public,” Palace spokesman Edwin Lacierda told a press conference.

Lacierda was referring to the country’s weather bureau which posted in its Twitter account updates on typhoon Gener.

Recently, Lacierda (with twitter account name “dawende”) defended himself in a tweeting battle with another fellow in Twitter with account name “Gan”, who claims to be a doctor by profession.

Gan posted a tweet along with an attached link to a Philippine Daily Inquirer (PDI) newspaper article about Lacierda’s comments regarding why we were again caught flat-footed by the heavy rains.

Gan: “Ehm, stupid answer from Lacierda knowing NOT ALL has net access – Palace defends Pagasa, tells public to follow Twitter”.

Lacierda tweeted back several times reiterating that it was not his words but of the PDI author (Michael Lim Ubac) who wrote the  PDI  article .

dawende: “I think you’re a fool to just rely on the news without following the press briefing. Next time, a little careful in using adjectives.”

dawende: “Read the Inquirer article n not just d title. I hope u r not as lazy reading a patient’s medical chart in the same way u read d news.”

Gan: “wow! I did read the news…i dont comment on the title alone, neither do i remark without basis…”

Gan: “and i dont insinuate just like how you do it…is it me or are you the one not reading the article”

dawende: “Read the article again. I also said to follow the radio in case of brownouts. I am amazed at your gall to call me names.  “

Gan: “because it’s so stupid for you to tell people to follow twitter when net penetration in the could try is limited…read it!”

dawende: “That shows how challenged u are when reading news. Read d news article, I was never quoted saying follow twitter. It was Ubac’s take!”

Lacierda then goes on lecturing Gan about the difference between a “take” and a “quote”, insinuates Gan is probabal also lazy in reading his patients’ medical charts,  and warns Gan to be careful in calling him names.

dawende: “Dr. Gan, that is not a quote. U quoted Ubac’s take. My quotes are in quotation marks. Now I know u don’t know what a quote means.”

dawende: ” I am not a journalist either but I know what a quote is and that was a take you just quoted. Ha ha ha!”

dawende: “Read the Inquirer article n not just d title. I hope u r not as lazy reading a patient’s medical chart in the same way u read d news.”

dawende: “I think you’re a fool to just rely on the news without following the press briefing. Next time, a little careful in using adjectives.”

Lastly, Lacierda then sarcastically tells Gan he has shown ignorance, and to learn how to read carefully, and wishes a “Roget’s” (referring to the dictionary) for him on Christmas right after saying Ignorantia neminem excusat which translates from Latin as “Ignorance is not an excuse for no one.”

dawende: “Sorry but yes it just showed your ignorance. You should pause and think first before u broadcast to the world ur sublime ignorance.”

dawende: “I thought it was basic English to know what a quote means. I can understand if unlearned people don’t but for a doctor..tsk tsk tsk!”

dawende: ” har har dee har. It shows sir! Read everything carefully! Ignorantia neminem excusat!

dawende: “Goodnight sir. A gift of Roget’s to you on Christmas. Cheers!”

 

But Gan ends calmly with a tweet:

Gan: “thanks, maybe we could appreciate your gift together, nice one #moretocomefrommethough”

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  1. […] certainly when the media says that government’s Secretary Lacierda blames people for not following DOST on twitter to keep posted on weather updates, and the government site comes out with transcript of the press conference where Lacierda […]

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