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CNN duped: Twitter war between Marcy, Del was fake

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Mainstream media fell for the comedic pursuits of Twitter once again in the apparent verbal tiff between new Marikina City Mayor Marcy Teodoro and his predecessor, Del de Guzman.

Erick Habijan, who ran for councilor under Teodoro’s slate in the May 9 elections, took to Facebook to tell his fellow residents that the current and previous mayors weren’t having a social media spat.

“Walang sagutang naganap sa pagitan nina Mayor Marcy at Mayor Del,” he clarified.

What supposedly triggered the “argument” was the late suspension of classes and government work Friday amid the heavy rains.

“Nakakatuwa na sa kasagsagan ng mga mainit na palitan ng mga kuru-kuro tungkol sa suspension of classes kahapon ay may mga fake/parody accounts na naglipana sa Twitter. Sobrang tawang tawa ako rito kahapon. Na-CNN pa nga ito!” Habijan wrote as he posted a screenshot of the “De Guzman” and “Teodoro’s” opening salvo.

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“Yun nga lang, may mga nag-akala na totoo ang mga accounts na ito at napaniwala na nagpalitan ng tweets sina Mayor Marcy at Mayor Del.

“Muli, fake accounts po ito. Parody po sila kagaya ng mga accounts nina Senyora Santibanes, Krizzy Kalerki, Alma Moreno, Superstar Marian at marami pang iba. Kadalasan, ang intensyon nila ay para magpatawa,” Habijan explained.

Some will point out that there’s no love lost between the two politikos, who used to be party mates in the Liberal Party (LP). Ex-Marikina Rep. Teodoro switched to the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC) in order to challenge De Guzman for his post.

The former won by nearly 5,000 votes in the elections.

But the polls were two months ago, and Habijan believes that it’s about time people set aside politics especially during instances of possible emergency.

“Marahil sa gitna ng mainit na isyu ng suspensyon ng klase, isantabi natin ang pulitika. Mas pagtuunanan natin ng pansin kung paano magiging epektibo ang pagbibigay ng mensahe.”