By Roy Mabasa
Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. may be courting possible indignation from local and foreign rights groups when he threatened on Tuesday to “kill” anyone in the passport office of the Department of Foreign Affairs who will require a birth certificate to those renewing their passport.
“Hindi. P____ i__. Not for passport renewal. If anyone asks you, tell me who and I will fucking kill him/her,” Locsin said on Twitter in response to a query of a netizen about the passport application procedure
Locsin’s latest rhetoric on Twitter raised the eyebrows of some concerned retired and career officials who described some of his social media postings as “undiplomatic,” “rude” and “deplorable.
“Bastos, and very unbecoming of a diplomat. ” said a retired DFA official who requested anonymity.
In January, Locsin vented his anger on Twitter by also threatening to “autopsy” those behind the alleged breach in the passport data system.
“I will autopsy the yellows who did the passports deal alive. This is called evisceration,” Locsin said in his tweet, apparently referring to people who were closely identified with the Aquino administration.
He even called the Senate to investigate the said breach as a result of the public outcry against the recurring passport mess.
Locsin, however, admitted later that there was no data breach and that the system was properly turned over to the DFA even before the foreign contractor of the system was hastily terminated during the previous administration.
The DFA secretary blew his top when his Twitter account was bombarded with queries, mostly from irate OFWs, about the issue of requiring applicants renewing their passports to present their birth certificate issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority.
As a result, Locsin issued Department Order 03-2019 removing the requirement of presenting a birth certificate when renewing their travel document.