Win Gatchalian calls netizen, "Gago ka!"

While others were posting New Year's Day messages online, Senator Sherwin Gatchalian posted curses and foul words on Twitter while he was in the United States a few hours before 2018. The heated exchange with some netizens started when Gatchalian, using his personal Twitter account, replied "The nation already lost its soul in the last 6 years" to Maria Ressa's Rappler article post about the Liberal Party. When the netizens noticed the thread and started to call him "balimbing ( political turncoat)" and "trapo" or traditional politician, the senator replied to a netizen, "Gago ka (You're stupid)!" (Netizens slam Sherwin Gatchalian over 'Ulol, Gago' tweets; Published 7:56 PM, January 01, 2018 Updated 10:53 AM, January 02, 2018) Sherwin Ting Gatchalian (born April 6, 1974), commonly known as Win Gatchalian, is a Filipino politician and businessman. He was elected to the Philippine Senate in 2016. He was the representative of Valenzuela's first district from 2001 to 2004 and from 2013 to 2016; he also served as the city's mayor for three consecutive terms from 2004 to 2013. (Wikipedia)

Netizens slammed Senator Sherwin Gatchalian for using curse words on his social media account after he was branded by some of his followers as “trapo” and “ingrato.” Gatchalian, on his personal account @stgatchalian, commented on a news article, saying “The nation already lost its soul in the last 6 years.” The article was based on a statement of the former ruling Liberal Party's (LP) statemeng that 2018 “may be the fight for [the] nation’s soul.” (Senator Gatchalian replies ‘gago, ulol’ to trapo remark on social media Published January 2, 2018 10:48am By KATHRINA CHARMAINE ALVAREZ, GMA News)

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