MANILA -- Senator Joseph Victor Ejercito on Tuesday defended colleague and seatmate Senator Sherwin Gatchalian from netizens who criticized him for cursing at bashers on his official Twitter account.

Gatchalian on New Year’s Day reportedly responded to some Twitter users with curses when they called him out for criticizing the Aquino administration.

Senator JV Ejercito (PNA file photo by Avito C. Dalan) 

Although previously a supporter of the Aquino administration, Gatchalian is now an ally of President Rodrigo Duterte.

Ejercito, however, said that Gatchalian’s outburst merely showed that senators are also human.

“In the incident involving my Co-Seatmate Sen. @stgatchalian, goes to show that we are also human, we get hurt & affected too,” Ejercito said on his Twitter account.

Ejercito pointed out that it would be “scary” if public servants became immune from “attacks from rabid haters.”

He said that being immune would mean that they had become “insensitive” and were like “political robots.”

The senator, however, said that bashers made him work even harder because they kept him “on his toes.”

“I thank them because I have become a responsible and hardworking Senator because of them!” Ejercito said. (PNA)