Ai Ai de las Alas expressed dismay concerning netizens who were quick to jump into conclusions relating the Christine Dacera case, particularly those who resorted to bashing not only the victim but also the accused.
In a recent media conference the Comedy Queen said, “Iba na talaga ang social media. ‘Yung trial by publicity ganun ganun na lang.”
Having experienced severe social media bashing in the past herself, Ai Ai was quick to make clear, “Hindi ako sumasawsaw sa issue, I was only asked about my opinion.”
She went on, “Sana huwag tayo judgmental.”
“Bilang nanay, masakit talagang mawalan ng anak. Ilalaban ko rin anak ko sa sinapit n’ya. (Pero) ‘yung mga LGBT (na) persons of interest, kawawa rin naman. Paano na sila makakabalik sa buhay pagkatapos laitin (sa social media) ang kanilang pagkatao, pati na pamilya nila?”
Just recently, several of the accused in the case orchestrated a fund drive on social media to help finance their looming legal battle.
“I would like to ask for your help to raise funds for me and my fellow friends who are struggling to finance a lawyer in assisting us in this situation and effectively defend us. Any amount of donation will mean a lot & will be appreciated,” Valentine Rosales wrote on Instagram.
Though there were those who were quick to lend a hand, there were some who questioned their effort.
Ai Ai sees nothing wrong with it but she believes the accused could have avoided further backlash trying other avenues.
“Humingi sila ng tulong sa Public Attorneys Office (PAO), sa Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) at sa iba pang lawyer na may gender advocacy,” she said.