“Waiting to take the traditional leaders’ photo, but someone’s missing. #guesswho :),” Lee Hsien Loong wrote on his Facebook page.
Filipino netizens then commented in the Facebook post that Aquino was the only leader missing from the photo.
Some of them even criticized Aquino for apparently being late.
“Our not so brilliant president. Sorry Sir LHL and all asean leaders for the inconvenience…utterly embarassing,” said Nanan Eballena.
“Noynoying, international edition!” commented Matthew Del Rosario.
Some Filipinos, however, defended Aquino and hit back at those who disrespected him in their Facebook comments.
Facebook user Raina Ferrera lamented that some Filipinos were quick to judge and even “cyberbullied” the President.
“And worse, other nationalities don’t even have to make fun of our leader because we ourselves are doing it. Where is our pride?? What a shame!” she said.
“Wala ako dun kaya hindi ko alam ang dahilan at wala akong pwedeng ihusga sa kanya kasi wala akong basehan,” Ryan Casulang commented.
Others also pointed out that Lee’s Facebook post was just for fun.
“I believe PM LHL is just making fun out of this situation/picture but never to intrigue and disrepect PH President, unlike my fellow countrymen. Akala mo naman may malaking naitutulong sa bansa. Kayo na!” said Willden Ang.