Cayetano earns ire of BTS fans for using group for clout

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 13) — Ousted House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano is trending on social media Wednesday for upsetting Filipino fans of South Korean boy band BTS.

By trending #CayetanoStopUsingBTS on Twitter, Filipino ARMY accused him of riding on the group's fame after revealing that he will name his new House bloc after the global superstars. BTS’s ARMY fandom is known to be vocal on social media.

"They used BTS for this clout. The Philippine government doesn't know how powerful ARMYs are...Mali ang kinalaban ni Cayetano, grabe ang galit ng ARMY's ngayon haha #CayetanoStopUsingBTS," one of the fans' tweets said.

"You're definitely messing up with the wrong artist, company and fandom. Nakakahiya to. #CayetanoStopUsingBTS," another tweet added.

Cayetano, along with Camarines Sur Rep. LRay Villafuerte, Laguna Rep. Dan Fernandez, Batangas Rep. Ranie Abu, Anakalusugan's Mike Defensor, Bulacan Rep. Kuya Sy-Alvarado, and Capiz Rep. Fred Castro, will be introducing themselves as "BTS sa Kongreso." They are lawmakers who were all stripped of key House posts when Speaker Lord Allan Velasco took over.

Some netizens are urging Filipino fans to email BTS' agency, Big Hit Entertainment, to take legal action against the lawmakers.

In an interview with reporters later in the day, Cayetano reiterated that they "did not mean to offend the fans" for the publicity. However, he hinted that the name of their group is taking a jab at the current House leadership.

"Ang ibig lang naman naming sabihin doon (BTS), ay 'Back To Service' Congress...Kasi medyo napunta sa pulitika, sa kaunting katamaran, napunta sa panay political issues, naging panay trapo na ulit. Rather than House of the People, naging House of Politics."

[Translation: What we meant was 'Back to Service' Congress...because it had already become political, with some laziness, and dirty politics prevailing again. Rather than the House of the people, it has become the House of politics.]

READ: Cayetano, allies to form new bloc 'BTS sa Kongreso' 

"Our meeting tomorrow (Thursday) is not to form one bloc. It's representing many blocs in the country saying na ang kailangan natin ay BTS: Bayanihan, Tapang, Serbisyo (indicating that what we need right now is community spirit, courage, and service)."

BTS, an acronym for Bangtan Sonyeondan (Hangul: 방탄소년단), which translates to "bullet proof boy scouts," is a world-renowned music group based in South Korea. The seven-member group is composed of RM, Jin, SUGA, J-Hope, Jimin, V, and Jungkook. The band, which debuted in 2013, is most known for its songs such as "Dynamite," "DNA," "Fake Love," and "Mic Drop."