- President Rodrigo Duterte failed to acknowledge the health sector of the country.
The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) situation in the country is getting worse and the panic set in as President Rodrigo Duterte declared the start of a community quarantine in Metro Manila in a press conference on March 12.
But the President missed the opportunity to acknowledge the health sector that is putting themselves in the line of danger just to protect, inform, and help the public amid the spread of the virus in the country.
With this, celebrities and netizens alike lauded the hardworking professionals.
Luis Manzano said thank you to the health workers, scientists, and cleaners for “trying to keep the country safe and healthy.”
Thank you to all the health workers, scientists, reporters, and cleaners for trying to keep the country safe and healthy 👍🏻
— Luis Manzano (@luckymanzano) March 12, 2020
Television host and personality Bianca Gonzalez retweeted Manzano’s post calling the professionals as our “modern-day heroes”.
Musician Jim Paredes expressed his disappointment regarding the President’s failure to acknowledge the health sector who has been on the frontline when it comes to the battle against COVID-19.
“Sadly, Dut did not acknowledge nor thank the frontliners (docs, nurses, lab technicians, etc.) last night. He put more emphasis on trusting the military and China,” he wrote.
Sadly, Dut did not acknowledge nor thank the frontliners (docs, nurses, lab technicians, etc.) last night
He put more emphasis on trusting the military and china.
— Jim (@Jimparedes) March 13, 2020
This was after the President thanked the Chinese government during his address. He also mentioned that he would call on China for help if the CONVID-19 situation in the country gets worse.
Senator Risa Hontiveros also shared the same sentiments.
“Instead of thanking China,I’d like to thank our health workers who have been at the frontlines against COVID-19.”
Instead of thanking China,I’d like to thank our health workers who have been at the frontlines against COVID-19.
You have been working tirelessly in the name of public health & safety. You are the real heroes,& I am thankful for your service to our people. Marami pong salamat!
— risa hontiveros (@risahontiveros) March 12, 2020
Actress Agot Isidro also expressed her respect and gratitude towards health workers.
Neri Naig-Miranda uploaded a lengthy post saying how thankful she is for those working in hospitals.
“Mula sa puso po naming lahat, sobrang naa-appreciate po namin ang kabayanihan niyo.”
On the other hand, Gretchen Ho dedicated a prayer for her colleagues on her Twitter account.
Isang taimtim na dasal para sa lahat ng mediamen na patuloy na sinusuong ang mga kalsada, makapaghatid lamang ng tamang balita. Kaligtasan 🙏🏻 pic.twitter.com/uzSwIWpRAP
— Gretchen Ho (@gretchenho) March 12, 2020