I had the chance to take a picture of the lovely Valerie Concepcion a few days before she got embroiled in a controversy over her December 18 tweet about President Aquino laughing at her jokes at a Christmas party in Malacanang.
The tweet, sent to her 281,000++ followers and which she has since deleted, read: “Done w/ work.. Tnx for having me.. 🙂 It was nice to see Pres. P-Noy laughing at my jokes & enjoying my performance..ü #Malacañang #PSGNight”
It could have been any other tweet except that a lot of netizens didn’t find it timely. More than 500 people had just died in the floods that swept Northern Mindanao.Valerie also knew that the tragedy occurred since she also sent this tweet before going to the Palace Christmas Party: “Nakakalungkot po tlga.. ? RT @Karen_DaviLa: Nakakalungkot…magpapasko, ang daming namatayan dahil sa bagyo.”
Maybe, Valerie was just overcome with excitement and forgot to be politically correct at a very opportune time. I follow Valerie on Twitter and I know for a fact that she she regularly tweets about the goings-on in her career, her business (Posh Nails @ Venice Piazza) and her daughter Fiona.
But ever since the Dec. 18 tweet which elicited violent reactions the following Monday, December 19, Valerie Concepcion’s Twitter has gone quiet. Her last tweet apologized to people whom she might have offended.
Maybe she’s just busy. Or maybe she did feel traumatized about the incident.
My friends and I had a heated discussion about the matter on Facebook. Honestly, I don’t see anything wrong with the President attending the party of the Presidential Security Group which protects his life and that of his family.
I am just suggesting that maybe it’s time that the Palace drafts confidentiality agreements with the celebrities they invite for private Palace functions. In this age of social media, anything is “twittable” and subject to lots of interpretation 🙂