Songstress and The Voice of the Philippines personality Lea Salonga found herself in the hotseat of Twitter amidst tweets, after asking a question during the country’s Independence Day last June 12.
Lea: Our country is not yet debt-free, poverty-free, crime-free, or corruption-free. So what are we free from exactly and why do we celebrate it?
RagingBulex: only stupid people will like this tweet. you’re family is not perfect so what’s your reason to be proud of them?
Lea: Your. Not you’re. Before you wipe the dirt off my face, you may wanna look in a mirror at your own.
RagingBulex: that’s the best you can do? to correct my grammar?
– There’s bad things going on, indeed!
– Baldfaced corruption, we’ve seen it!
– (To the ANTI-LEA) YOU MISSED THE ENTIRE POINT! IT’S A RHETORICAL QUESTION!
– Freedom is elusive to those who refuse to see the truth.
– The moment you pressed the “tweet” button for this message (without consequence) already defines FREEDOM.
– There’s bad things happening EVERYWHERE that it’s too trivial.
– Is nitpicking the only thing you can do in a country’s celebration?
– Why make problems that YOU CANNOT IMMEDIATELY SOLVE your own problem?
– Every country in the world is not free from corruption, has debt, poverty issues, and has crimes, and yet they’re proud of their own country or are even more patriotic than us, so what’s your point?
– There are BETTER countries than us, and then there are countries WORSE than us.
– That’s like saying our ancestors fought for NOTHING!
– (To the PRO-LEA) Hiding behind a so-called rhetorical question or sarcasm is not an excuse!
– If she has pity to our national heroes, she won’t say that in public. What she said is diminishing not inspiring.
What do you think?
A rhetorical question is a figure of speech in the form of a question that is asked in order to make a point rather than to elicit an answer.
In that regard, Lea wasn’t asking a question, she was merely exercising her desire to show her observations of the country.
An observation that is sadly imperfect, yet paints a picture.