Can’t move on? Netizens score Jim Paredes for posting ‘blasphemous’ anti-Duterte meme

  • APO singer Jim Paredes posted an anti-Duterte meme on Twitter
  • Netizens quickly reacted to the meme which was described by others as ‘blasphemous’ and disrespectful of a ‘sacred image’
  • But Paredes refused to back down and defended his controversial meme

MANILA, Philippines  – Twitter users have criticized former APO Hiking Society member Jim Paredes for posting an anti-Duterte meme that used what looked like the image of Sto. Niño which is considered sacred in the Roman Catholic Church.

In his May 24 Twitter post, Paredes (@Jimparedes) superimposed President-elect Rodrigo Duterte’s face into an image with a golden crown which closely resembles that of the image of the Holy Child.

He captioned his meme: “I now reject the Son of God from Davao.. I believe in Duterteronomy as my bible.”

The veteran OPM singer’s post was quickly flooded with comments from Twitter users who expressed their disappointment with Paredes’ apparent disrespect of a religious icon. He was also lambasted for his seeming refusal to move on from the outcome of the May 9 election where Duterte won convincingly against Roxas with an overwhelming margin.

“Mr. Jim Paredes..ang tanda mo na..but you act not appropriate sa edad mo..ganyan siguro talaga mga laos,” one commenter wrote.

[Mr. Jim Paredes, you’re old already… but you act not appropriate to your age. Maybe, that’s how ‘has-beens’ are.]

“Move on na tau.Kumnta ka nlng. di Dios ang tingin ng tao kay DU30 sya ang boses ng bayan.Pnalo nmn ang lugaw queen mo.Shutup na,” said another; apparently referring to VP-elect Leni Robredo as the ‘lugaw queen’.

[Let’s move on. Please just sing. DU30 is not a God, but rather the voice of the people. Your ‘lugaw queen’ has won, anyway. Just shut up.]

One more disappointed user responded to Paredes’ tweet: “I may not be as professional or as successful as you but at least I know what’s unethical. This post of yours is unethical.”

“If you don’t respect Pres. Duterte, you should have at least respect the image of Sto. Niño,” another added. “With that crown, eh Sto. Niño po talaga yan eh. Nakakatanda po kayo, wag nyo naman pong lokohin mga batang gaya ko.” [With that crown, that’s really Sto. Nino. You are older than us, please don’t fool us kids.”

Image screen capture of Jim Paredes' meme via Twitter
Image screen capture of Jim Paredes’ meme via Twitter

But Paredes, who refused to back down, defended his meme and engaged some of his critics in a Twitter word war.

“I posted it tell people that they dishonor God when they worship their candidate as if he was God at siya lang ang tama [he’s the only one right],” he wrote in reply to one of the comments.

He also said the image he used could have been from a Hollywood movie.

“To be respected, he must respect others. BTW di lang St Nino ang kulot. Lol. The image was more like the God in 300 Lolololol,” the singer-composer explained. [BTW, it’s not only Sto. Nino who has curly hair. The image was more like the God from ‘300’.]

Jim Paredes supported administration bet Mar Roxas who lost to Duterte by more than 6 million votes. His vice presidential bet, Leni Robredo, on the other hand, won by a slim margin over Senator Bongbong Marcos amid allegations of poll fraud.

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11 Comments

  1. Kupal! ang laki ng ibinaba ang pagtingin sayo ng mga tao! Laos at gurang ka na nga, gumaganyan ka pa. Manood ka sa Press con ni Duterte, totoong tao yan at walang halong kaplastikan.

  2. Move on na hoy! O baka lang kasi may malaking utang na loob nito kina Pnoy o Roxas kaya nagpakitang-gilas lang…btw ampalaya tastes what?

  3. Naku naman!
    Laos na nga, di pa tumanda ng may pingakatandaan!
    Ang pagtanda po dapat ay forward, hindi backward!

  4. sana ikaw nalng yong tumakbo for LP kasi parang sa tingin mo mas alam mo ang nararapat para sa karamihan..matanda naho kayo, sana naman gawin nyo kung ano yong tama sa mga huling araw nyo..imbes na maalala kayo na magaling na singer/composer eh baka mas maalala lng kayo sa kabaklaan nyo..isipin nyo kung kayoy pumanaw na at pinatugtog musika nyo, maalala ng tao na magaling kayo at yun nga lang di maka.move kasi di nyo nakuha ang gusto nyo (what jim wants jim gets)..kung di nyo kayang respetuhin ang sigaw ng mamayan, mag.migrate nalang kayo at maging citizen sa ibang bansa di yong kayong nangunguna dyan of being a bad example sa kabataan..

  5. pupusta ako ang taas ng tingin niyo sa pangulo ngayon hmm paglipas ng 2 taon mag rereklamo din kayo sa termino niyan pruo pabibo sa simula sa huli ano?

    di naman talaga politiko ang mag babago ng republika kung di ang mga taong nandito sa mismong repulika. aanhin mo ang batas kung may ilan naman dito di sumusunod. aanhin mo ang batas kung puro butas

    tsaka hinahayag niya lang damdamin at saloobin niya dahil ang taas ng tingin niyo sa isang taong sa isang lungsod lang may nagawa. pupusta ako paglipas ng dalawang taon yang tinitingala niyo katulad lang ng ilang politiko at idadahilan na di sapat ang 6 na taon para baguhin ang dapat baguhin.

  6. Jim, you take a rest. You’re too old to do this kind of thing. I like you and APO during your glory days but, time has change, you cannot bring back the time you think you’re one of the heroes during Cory era. Just shut up. You’re just stirring and confusing the minds of the young people.

  7. My only beef about this is that Mr. Jim Paredes is not a Filipino anymore. As Sen. Gringo Honasan once burned him for, he already moved to other two countries and now is an Australian citizen. He is not a Filipino anymore so he cannot disrespect our President.

  8. Jim Paredes forgot to pin a philippine flag on du30 chest in the picture..hindi puwedeng dilaw na laso kasi yun ang simbolo ng yellow government…

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