Sure, it is embarrassing for an Assistant Secretary of the Philippines to tweet that the wine served at an official engagement in Vietnam sucked, that the streets of Vietnam are a hazard, and that the men there are fugly.
But, really, what does it amount to? Not much.
This is perhaps why good ol' Conrado the brother of recently appointed SSS Chief found it timely to chime in his opinion about Mai Mislang.
You’re a silly person visiting Vietnam with your silly boyfriend and you say those silly things in public, they are pretty harmless, or you harm only yourself. You’re a silly public official visiting Vietnam with your serious boss, the President, and you say those silly things in public, they are not harmless, you harm your boss. By now those tweets will have been read by the Vietnamese Embassy and the other Asean embassies. At the time Mislang put them out, P-Noy was telling the other Asean countries to “speak with one voice.” The irony will not be lost on the people in those embassies, not all of whom are silly.
Besides, if you can be tasteless in this respect, what makes you think you can’t be so in others? If you can be tasteless in this respect, what makes you think you can tell good wine from bad? If you are tasteless in this respect, what makes you think you can tell pogi from not?
If you can be tasteless in this respect, what makes you think the Vietnamese ambassador might not say, “We’d be most happy if you’d cross our streets more often”?
Small minds see small things and while keys tap as fast as mouths blabber, Mai Mislang's tweet masks the real ineptitude that is going on in the Aquino Administration.
I guess, before we ask President Aquino to send Mai Mislang's neck to the chopping block, we ought to ask him to lop of the heads of some of his more senior officials.
DILG Usec. Rico Puno comes to mind.... And perhaps we can extend it further to inept local government officials like, Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim.
Anyway, I think Mai Mislang is just an easy target. Iyon lang ang kaya nila eh.