Grace Lee: Aquino’s presence during arrival rites would have been valuable
MANILA, Philippines–Television host Grace Lee was among those who reacted to singer Leah Navarro when the latter questioned netizens blasting President Benigno Aquino III’s absence at the arrival honors for the policemen slain in Mamasapano.
Navarro, who is also a member of the pro-Aquino Black and White Movement, posted on Twitter: “So how many of those people who dissed the President’s absence from Villamor were actually there to condole?”
Lee, who admitted dating the bachelor President in the past, replied on Instagram.
“There is only one head of the state. Only one commander in chief! You CANNOT compare the value of his presence to the presence of any ordinary citizen then use it against them when they voice out their frustration and anger!!”
Aquino was absent at the arrival honors on Thursday but attended the necrological services at Camp Bagong Diwa on Friday morning. Many netizens criticized him for choosing to attend the inauguration of a car plant in Laguna instead of going to Villamor Airbase to sympathize with the families of the Philippine National Police (PNP) Special Action Force (SAF) members killed while attempting to arrest terrorists in Mamasapano town, Maguindanao. KS
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