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Pres. Rodrigo Duterte says that COVID-19 frontliners who died are “lucky”

President Rodrigo Duterte said that the frontliners who died because of COVID-19 are lucky as they died for the country.

  • He added the honor for the country should be the only reason to die. 
  • Netizens were mortified by the President’s statement. 

On March 30, President Rodrigo Duterte addressed the Philippines for his supposed first-ever weekly report for the RA 11469 or Bayanihan Heal as One Act. As stated in Section 5 of the law, the President should submit a weekly report every Monday to Congress of all things done in relation to the Act.

It should include the utilization of the funds used, augmented, reprogrammed, and relocated.

Though failed to share it with the public, he honored the healthcare workers who died fighting the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the country. He said that doctors, nurses and other healthcare workers who passed away are lucky because they died for the country.

“May mga doktor na, nurses, attendants, namatay. Sila ‘yung nasawi ang buhay para lang makatulong sa kapwa. Napakasuwerte nila. Namatay sila para sa bayan,” he said in a televised message.

“Yun ang dapat, ang rason na bakit tayo mamatay. ‘Wag tayong mamatay sa ibang rason, nasagasaan ka lang at wala ka namang ginawa.”

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Netizens and celebrities reacted negatively to the President’s statement. Actress Agot Isidro said that the health workers aren’t lucky, they’re unfortunate because of the current administration.

Ria Atayde quote tweeted CNN Philippines’ report.

Senator Risa Hontiveros also disagreed with the President saying that shouldn’t have died if they were given the right amount of support from the government.

“Sa lahat ng pwedeng sabihin, ito ang napili nilang sabihin sa kanila.”

Kip Oebanda compared the happenings to a tragedy.

Another Twitter user clarified the meaning of a line in Lupang Hinirang.

More netizens were mortified by President Duterte’s message.

The President also added that they are prioritizing the security of facilities and ramping up its capacity to test more.

There have been 17 frontline doctors who lost their battle against COVID-19 as of this writing.

Written by J M

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