Mai Mislang : Twitter Blunder During Vietnam ASEAN Meeting

Mai Mislang, speech-writer of President Noynoy Aquino, is currently trending on Yahoo Search Philippines and - much like Jackie Bermejo who likewise achieved instant online celebrity status a little more than a year ago - it appears to be all for the wrong reasons.

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You see, Mai caught the ire of some Filipino social networking users and bloggers after she posted rather snooty and bordeline rude tweets during her stay in Vietnam with the Philippine delagation for the recently concluded ASEAN summit. The tweets include;

"The wine sucks" following a state banquet hosted by Vietnam President Nguyen Minh Triet in honor of Philippine President Noynoy Aquino.

She also tweeted: "Sorry pero walang pogi dito #vietnam." (Sorry, there are no handsome men here.)

And finally: "Crossing the speedy motorcycle laden streets of Hanoi is one of the easiest ways to die."

Ellen Tordesillas, whom I personally consider to be no less than the Paragon of Philippine Political Blogging, wrote in her blog --

[Carmen Mislang] must be overwhelmed by the power that comes with being a part of the president’s "think thank" she forgot that as a ghost writer, she was supposed to be a "ghost" and not to be known as being responsible, even partly, for what Aquino is saying in public.

Mislang’s comments betray her ignorance about many things and snooty attitude towards other people. That is evident in her lack of appreciation of Vietnam’s courageous history and remarkable rise from the ashes of war. Vietnam is the only “small country” in Asia that can hold its head high against colonial powers. The Vietnamese defeated and drove away the French in 1954 and the Americans in 1975. Today, Vietnam is performing better than the Philippines in terms of attracting foreign investment.

Meanwhile, some Pinoy Tweeps have also expressed their dismay over Mislang's social networking blunder --

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According to ABS-CBN News, Mislang has been reprimanded and has voluntarily deleted her Twitter account. Communications Secretary Ricky Carandang noted that, following this incident, he will provide guidelines to Palace officials on how to handle social media.

TP Thoughts:

Two things, ladies and gentlemen,

1. Whether or not you're a part of a Presidential delegation and regardless of the situation (that is, online or offline), it's never right to be rude or snooty and it's never wrong to show appreciation for any form of hospitality you receive.

2. Cliche as it may sound, nobody's perfect. Everyone makes mistakes and as such, everyone deserves a second chance. Miss Mislang, I believe, has learned her lessons and given that, we all should move on.


  1. I lived there for 6 years and their only claims to fame is defeating the French and the Americans and to this day they still show TV programs in the provinces about "how they won the Wars" Vietnam cannot be considered to be "performing better than the Philippines in terms of attracting foreign investment" as long as they are stuck in the dark ages and will not radically address their attitudes towards the US. The sad thing is that any foreigner in Vietnam is automatically categorized as an "American Asshole" but just walk along Le Dung Street in Saigon and see the hundreds of people waiting outside the US Consulate for their visa to the promised land.

  2. mai mislang wanna be my mistress he he


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