Malacañang said the spokesperson of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) is entitled to her own opinions. This statement came after the official drew flak for her remarks on Reina Mae Nasino, a jailed activist.
MMDA Spokesperson Celine Pialago’s comment is not related to her duty in the agency, according to Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque.
“Hayaan po natin na magkaroon ng personal na opinyon si Spokesperson Pialago,” he told reporters.
[Let us allow Spokesperson Pialago to have a personal opinion.]
Pialago on Sunday criticized the public for sympathizing with Nasino, whose photos during her baby’s heavily guarded funeral last Friday went viral online.
“Masyado ninyong ginagawang pang drama serye sa hapon ang paghihinagpis niya. Tigilan niyo!,” Pialago wrote on her Facebook page.
On Monday, Pialago apologized for using the phrase “drama serye (series), but not for saying that the activist deserved to be surrounded by armed guards as she mourned for her baby.