Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Celine Pialago went to the National Bureau of Investigation on Monday to ask for assistance after receiving “personal attacks” due to her “drama serye” remark about detained activist Reina Mae Nasino and her deceased child Baby River.
“Titingnan ko kung malalim yung epekto sa akin… ‘Yung mga bagay po na personal lalo na po yung walang katotohanan at hindi naman nila alam yung buong story yan magfa-file po ako ng case diyan. Iko-consult ko po yan sa NBI kung anong pwede kong gawin,” she told ABS-CBN News.
Pialago posted on Sunday, October 18, that not all jailed mothers could attend to their children’s burials. She added that people should find out more about who Nasino is and why she was arrested and detained.
“Masyado ninyong ginagawang pang-drama serye sa hapon ang paghihinagpis niya. Tigilan ‘nyo!” she added to the now-deleted post.
(You’re making her grief like an afternoon drama series. Stop it!)s
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Yesterday, Pialago apologized to detained activist Reina Mae Nacino but refused to take back her “drama serye” remark.
“Nagso-sorry ako doon sa mga grieving mothers, to Reina also. Ako po ay personally na nakikiramay,” Pialago told GMA News Online.
However, the MMDA official said she would not retract her statement likening the outpouring of sympathy to Nacino and baby River to a “drama serye.”
“Hindi ako magwi-withdraw. Pero gusto kong ma-emphasize ‘yung salitang dramaserye. Na-highlight kasi ng netizens natin sa Facebook tila ba binabatikos ko ‘yung paghihinagpis ni Reina,” she said.
“Ang pino-point out ko sa ‘dramaserye’ ay ‘yung mga kababayan natin na kina-capitalize nila ‘yung issue of a grieving mother,” Pialago said.
Pialago, who said her remark was her own and not part of her MMDA spokesperson role, said that she only wanted to educate the public about the issue.