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Singer Leah Navarro declared ‘persona non grata’ in GenSan after ‘retribution’ remark

/ 06:24 PM November 05, 2019

MANILA, Philippines — The General Santos City Council has declared singer Leah Navarro “persona non grata” after insinuating that the recent Mindanao quakes were a “retribution.”

The General Santos City Office of the Vice Mayor told INQUIRER.net that the move was “unanimously approved by the council” on Tuesday during its regular session.

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The resolution, however, is still being finalized.

Screenshot of the tweet shows lawyer Theodore Te tweeting last October 31: “What’s with all the earthquakes in Mindanao?”

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Navarro then replied, saying, “Retribution?”

The tweet has since been deleted.

“I apologized and deleted my tweet, but they just can’t find in their hearts to forgive my one-word reply in the form of a question,” Navarro said in a tweet Monday.

“Now they’ve twisted it into a declaration. Why not help Mindanao instead? Stop wasting time on me, I’m not a victim,” she added.

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Meanwhile, Te said: “I have deleted a tweet and my reply-explanation to that tweet, which though unintended, have caused offense, pain, and hurt to family and friends in Mindanao where I am from, proud to be from, and which I love,” Te said in a later tweet.

“Though my tweet was rhetorical, non-political, and personal, it invited hurtful replies from others whose tweets I cannot and do not control. I apologize for giving them that platform. To family and friends from Mindanao, please be assured of my prayers for your safety,” he added.

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