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Twitter Causes More Problems For Panama's President Ricardo Martinelli

Panama News#Panama - By DON WINNER for - On Saturday night most of Panama stopped what they were doing to watch the boxing match between Manny Pacquiao and the Mexican fighter Juan Manuel Marquez. Pacquiao won the fight with a controversial split decision, while Marquez said after the fight he was "robbed." The fight was held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, and as a result Pacquiao is now the World Boxing Organization's welterweight champion. Boxing is big in Panama, and almost everyone watched the fight in one way or the other. Shortly after the fight was over, Panama's president Ricardo Martinelli posted on his Twitter account "Quiero felicitar a Manny Pacquiao por dejar el nombre de nuestro país en alto y ser uno de los mejores peleadores del boxeo profesional" (I want to congratulate Manny Pacquiao for leaving the name of our country on high, and for being one of the best fighters in professional boxing).

That's Nice - But There's A Problem: Manny Pacquiao isn't Panamanian, he's Filipino. The initial reaction to Martinelli's tweet was something akin to "huh?" When people started responding Martinelli first deleted the original Tweet, then he sent out a couple of follow-ups, saying "no he escrito ningun tweet felicitando a pancquiao" (I didn't write any tweet congratulating pancquiao (sp.)). Then a couple of minutes later, "Lo siento mucho por ese horror no error" (I'm very sorry for this horror, not error). They were saying his Twitter account had supposedly been "hacked." Then six hours after those two tweets, Martinelli finally came clean, saying "Disculpas a todos, despues de tener tantos seguidores contraté a una joven q me ayudara con el tweet y por no saber de boxeo hizo lo q hizo." (Apologies to all, after having many followers hired a young person to help me with the tweet and because he doesn't know anything about boxing, he did what he did.)

Way Too Much Fun - Pounce! And then of course everyone had a field day with the gaff. Someone made up a fake cedula for Pacquiao and it's been circulating on the Internet. And of course this was a lead item on the morning news today and in the newspapers, with everyone getting a kick out of it and basically laughing it off. Martinelli says he's learned his lesson with regards to his Twitter account, saying "Curado en salud nadie mas ve ni contesta mi tweet. Se aprenden de los errores. Solo yo contestare y mandare el tweet de aqui en adelante" (Curing health no one else either sees or answers my tweet. Once learns from the mistakes. Only I will answer or send tweets from now on.)

Which "HP" Sent That Out? Remember a couple of months ago there was another incident in which president Martinelli called someone an "HP" (short for "hijo de puta" or son of a bitch). When that one happened, he said his account had been "hacked." Then there was another incident in which he told a woman to get a husband and to lose some weight. Again, supposedly it wasn't him, and he was "hacked."

In Reality - Twitter Is Kicking His Ass: Mr. President, step slowly away from the Blackberry, and no one will get hurt. People in prominent positions, and especially driven politicians like Ricardo Martinelli, have a tendency to want to jump right in there and go toe-to-toe with every troll that pops up. Sometimes it's better to simply ignore the things that appear in the press, or to respond in a rational and coherent manner, and to provide an official answer or response that's been filtered and vetted somewhat among cooler heads. But hey, whatever, it's fun for the rest of us to see a guy like Ricardo Martinelli twittering away with no filters whatsoever - or worse delegating the authority to some kid who has the power of the presidential voice in his hands with no adult supervision. So the end result is "screw it, (hit send)." Anyway, that's what's going on this morning, in case you hear it come up in discussion somewhere.

Copyright 2011 by Don Winner for Go ahead and use whatever you like as long as you credit the source. Salud.

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Authored by: Anonymous on Monday, November 14 2011 @ 12:32 PM EST

From the very first time I heard about this, I knew this was fake, or not tweeted by Martinelli.

A young female assistant however makes perfect sense. She hears everyone talking about this dude winning a box fight, assuming he must be Panamanian (people really treat him like one).