The daughter of outgoing Tacloban City Mayor Alfred Romualdez and Mayor-elect Cristina Gonzales-Romualdez apologized to Camarines Sur Representative Leni Robredo over her tweet cursing the administration vice presidential bet and calling her “dumb.”
The 16-year-old Romualdez said that her online post that went viral on Wednesday was made out of “frustration and anger.”
The tweet read: “P******** leni bobo naman yan walang alam yan t****** nyo.”
The teenager said she was venting out her frustration over the results of the vice presidential elections between Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr, who is her father’s cousin, and Leni Robredo, the running mate of administration bet Mar Roxas.
Robredo has solidified her lead over Marcos with over 200,000 votes as of Thursday night.
“I’m human and I make mistakes too, I’m sorry if I offended anyone,” the teenager tweeted on Wednesday afternoon before deactivating her Twitter account.
Her mother, Mayor-elect Cristina Romualdez also posted an apology on Facebook and expressed her disapproval of her daughter’s tweet.
“IN BEHALF OF MY DAUGHTER SOFIA I APOLOGIZE FOr SUCH WORDS SHE TWEETED ABT LENY. As a mother and most especially as a Christian i do NOT approve of such words,” Romualdez said.
“SHE IS VERY APOLOGETIC AND IS LEARNING . SOFIA IS 16 so i believe she didnt realize what she was doing,” she added.
Romualdez also appealed for understanding explaining that her children went through a lot during the disaster brought by Typhoon Yolanda in 2013.
“MY KIDS WENT THROUGH A LOT DURING THE DISASTER And WITNESSED EVERYTHING THAT HAPPENED. We all ALMOST LOST OUR LIVES SO I HV BEEN ALWAYS PRAYING FOR MY CHILDREN TO REALLY GET OVER THAT EVENT IN THEIR LIVES. THANK YOU FOR UNDERSTANDING,” she said.
Romualdez said that she met Robredo during the wake of the former Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo, who was killed in a plane crash.
“I HV MET LENY WHEN we went TO THE WAKE OF HER HUSBAND AND I KNOW SHE DOes NOT DESERVE SUCH WORDS,” she said.
In the end, the newly-elected mayor appealed to netizens to pray for each other. “MAY GOD BLESS OUR COUNTRY. PLS PRAY FOR EACH OTHER AND LOVE AND FORGIVE. I BELIEVE THIS IS WHAT OUR COUNTRY NEEDS,” she said.