- Parokya ni Edgar frontman Chito Miranda hit back at pro-Duterte bashers over his decision to reconsider his choice for president
- Earlier, Miranda tweeted his openness to listen to the sides of other presidential candidates
- The popular rock singer urged his bashers to not judge him too quickly
MANILA, Philippines – After receiving criticisms over his decision to reconsider his choice of presidential candidate in the coming national election, Parokya Ni Edgar frontman Chito Miranda slammed supporters of Mayor Duterte who bashed him on social media.
Miranda is known to support the presidential bid of Duterte as early as last year and is one of the many celebrities who openly campaigned for the tough-talking mayor.
He even reiterated his support for Duterte following the latter’s controversial remark against Pope Francis late last year.
But Miranda surprised his followers after a series of tweets that appears to suggest he is now undecided on whom to support with barely a week remaining before the national election.
“Ano sa tingin nyo? Kelangan natin pumili. Du30 ako pero gusto ko marinig side ng iba. Pls educate me intelligently,” Miranda wrote on April 28. [What do you think? We have to choose. I’m for Du30 but I want to hear the side of others. Please educate me intelligently.]
This was followed by a series of tweets, sharing his own takes on other presidential candidates like Senators Miriam Defensor-Santiago and Grace Poe.
Why a big deal?
In another series of tweets, Miranda asked why it has become a big deal for others when he only wanted to educate himself with regards to the other candidates.
“Kahit si Du30 ang manalo, walang change na magaganap kung di kayo marunong rumespeto sa kapwa. Advocate po of peace and discipline si Du30,” he wrote in another Twitter post on Wednesday, May 4. [Even if Du30 wins, no change will happen if you cannot respect others. Duterte is an advocate of peace and discipline.]
In a lengthy and strongly-worded Instagram post, the popular rock singer lambasted those who bashed him, mostly Duterte fans, for rethinking his decision on whom to support.
He urged his bashers not to judge him too quickly, as if what he’s done was a mortal sin. He reiterated the future of the country is at stake in the coming elections and it is only right for any voter like him to consider options before coming up with an important decision.
Comparing Duterte to others
While he maintained that he has been a Duterte supporter from the very start and appreciates what the mayor has done for Davao City, Miranda said he is just “comparing Duterte’s platform and track record with those of the other candidates.”
“Dahil malapit na ang election, walang masama kung ido-double check natin lahat ng options natin,” the singer wrote. [Because election is near, there is nothing wrong in double-checking all our options.
“Sa tingin n’yo mali ba yun?” he asked. [Do you think that’s wrong?]
Miranda stressed that in case he change his mind, at least he did it with circumspect by scrutinizing and studying all the candidates, and not because he lacks morals or principles.
“O ngayon…sino sa atin ang mas nag-iisip?” his Instagram post ended. [Now, who between us is more rational?]
To read his full post, click here.