Yoly Villanueva-Ong released a statement apologizing to the Mindanaoans over her tweet a few days ago, saying that the quake happened in Mindanao because the earth already wanted to consume the supporters of President Rodrigo Duterte.
In her statement, Ong said that she’s apologizing to the Mindanaoans after she allowed her “politics to cloud” her “better judgment”.
However, she said that despite of deleting the tweet, people are still swarming her social media accounts and criticizing her.
Ong thinks that the criticisms against her are “well-funded” and “orchestrated” to ruin her reputation.
“The objectionable tweet was deleted. But the bashing continues. The speed, intensity, and magnitude of malice lead me to surmise that this is an orchestrated, well-funded and highly incendiary campaign to destroy my reputation simply because I am identified with the opposition,” she said.
She denied that she’s connected with the Office of the Vice President of Liberal Party of the Philippines.
Ong said that helping candidates is part of his “personal advocacy” and admitted that she never held any government position.
A few days ago, Ong made a controversial tweet against the supporters of President Duterte who experienced the quake in Mindanao.
“Hindi pa ba NYO Ma-gets? Gusto na kayong lamunin ng lupa. Magdasal na kayo at humingi ng patawad,” Ong said.
She deleted the tweet and decided to send aid to the victims of the quake.
This is not the first time that Ong faced controversy.
In 2010, the Department of Tourism (DOT) received criticisms over the “Pilipinas kay Ganda” brand.
The netizens noticed the “Pilipinas kay Ganda” font and colors very similar to Poland’s tourism campaign.
Ong who owns the advertising agency Campaigns and Grey handled the “Pilipinas Kay Ganda” tourism brand.
“We only did the logo and theme line as I had to leave for a business trip,” Ong said in a text message to ABS-CBN in 2010.