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Filipinos vent on Facebook

2010-08-24 18:04

Manila - Philippine President Benigno Aquino's Facebook account was on Tuesday flooded with insults and criticism over the botched hostage rescue in Manila than left eight Hong Kong tourists dead.

"You did not fail us, you are consistently clueless," wrote one critic called Vincent Cruz, a common Filipino name, on Aquino's Facebook wall.

More than 250 comments about Monday's hostage drama were posted on Aquino's wall, most of which were critical about the handling of the crisis.

Sacked policeman Rolando Mendoza hijacked a busload of Hong Kong tourists in a crazed bid to get his job back. Eight of the passengers were killed when commandos attempted to storm the bus more than 10 hours into the ordeal.

Some focused on the impact the crisis, which was televised around the world, would have on the Philippines' reputation internationally.

Aquino, a 50-year-old who came to power less than three months ago, has used internet social networking tools such as Facebook to drum up popular support to his campaign to fight corruption.

A total of 1.94 million users of the popular global networking site have clicked on the button signifying they "like" Aquino's site.

More than 16 million Filipinos use Facebook, making it the seventh-largest country of followers.