After DJ Loonyo’s gaffe, netizens react on David Guison’s 'afterthought of PH'

MANILA, Philippines – After DJ Loonyo’s gaffe, netizens were irked with another influencer David Guison for his “afterthought of the Philippines” in his social media post.

DJ Loonyo and David Guison
Photo Credit: Instagram DJ Loonyo (left) and David Guison (right).

DJ Loonyo’s gaffe

With influencers like them having a lot of followers, everyone expects them to use their platform to speak out regarding important issues that affect the country. But DJ Loonyo angered everyone with his ‘misinformed’ remarks regarding mass testing.

Other stars and celebrities had been bashing the government’s ‘slow’ response against COVID-19, with many calling for mass testing to be done to ensure everyone’s safety. But DJ Loonyo had a different take on the matter.

“I just don't know, it's like gagana ba 'tong bagay na 'to... kung anuman 'yung bagay na ipapainom nila, kung anuman 'yung bagay na ipapagawa nila, it's a trial and error that's why it's mass testing. Kaya kawawa ‘yun mag-i-intake nun, kawawa ‘yung mag-u-undergo nun ‘coz it’s not hundred percent proven,” the TikTok personality said.

The remark angered many.

“Can someone educate DJ Loonyo what mass testing is? He’s spreading misinformation about it and instilling fears among his followers. Bago ka magsayaw, mag research ka muna, libre google. 🤦🏻‍♂️🤦🏻‍♂️🤦🏻‍♂️ #MassTestingNowPH,” wrote Coach Clarke.

But others said it is unfair to ask DJ Loonyo about such issues and expecting him to know everything about it. He’s not a medical expert, after all. Just a TikTok personality. Yet others pointed out that as ‘influencer’, a lot of people might believe him.
DJ Loonyo already apologized for the wrong terminology and clarified he’s referring to the clinical trials and not the COVID-19 mass testing.

David Guison’s “afterthought of PH”

While David has a big platform that he could have used to speak on these national issues, he chose to focus on George Floyd’s death and the resulting #BlackLivesMatter protests.

Floyd died after a police officer kneeled on his neck while he was pinned to the ground. Despite his pleas that he couldn’t breathe, the police officer did not remove his knee. Floyd’s death has gone viral, sparking protests all over the US.

A number of news agencies, TV channels, blogs, and famous personalities posted black screens/pictures or changed their profile image to black, as protest or to show solidarity with the protesters.

David, a Filipino, also joined in the online protest.

“#blackouttuesday 👊🏿👊🏾👊🏽👊🏼👊🏻” David wrote on social media, sharing an all-black image.

Then, he added in a separate post, “also, #masstestingnowph #masstestingnow #junkterrorbill #junkterrorbillnow”

A lot of people got angry that the Pinoy influencer would remark first about the US topic first, before adding Pinoy issues as an afterthought.

David Guison’s “afterthought of PH” irks netizens

But who is David Guison? He’s an influencer who is also the founder of top menswear blog DG MANILA. While he’s not a political figure, people want him to use his platform with over 407k followers to actually influence people about issues of national importance.

Not everyone thinks so, however.

“While I agree that “influencers” should speak up on pressing issues affecting our nation,I believe NO ONE should pressure them to do so. Especially when one is only trying to preserve his/her mental health, I mean,COVID is already driving every1 nuts, what more the other issues?” netizen SINJIN Saraleo Pineda (@thesinjinpineda) commented.

— Joy Adalia, The Summit Express

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