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#DutertePalpak trends as PH celebrates 1st year of lockdown; Netizens rail Duterte admin for COVID-19 response

The hashtag #DutertePalpak remains a trend on Philippine Twitter, with over 9,200 tweets as of 7:11 pm today, March 15. Netizens from various walks of life would share their opinion on what has been the longest COVID-19 lockdown to date, even as President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration scrambles to contain the latest surge of COVID-19 cases.

Netizens took to Twitter to express their disdain at the world’s longest COVID-19 lockdown, which has officially breached one year, raising concerns such as the government’s misplaced priorities during the pandemic.

The hashtag #DutertePalpak remains a trend on Philippine Twitter, with over 9,200 tweets as of 7:11 pm today, March 15.

Netizens from various walks of life would share their opinion on what has been the longest COVID-19 lockdown to date, even as President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration scrambles to contain the latest surge of COVID-19 cases.

Rappler columnist JC Punongbayan would top Twitter’s suggested tweets for #DutertePalpak, calling out the administration for its bad governance and lack of emphasis on the pandemic.

Usual go-to for students #WalangPasok (@walangpasokfile) pointed out how COVID-19 cases continue to grow despite the lockdown.

Another netizen would call on netizens to register and vote, using Duterte’s handling of the pandemic as a criteria for choosing the country’s next leaders.

Former Pinoy Big Brother Connect housemate Justin Dizon would aptly summarize the government’s COVID-19 response in 2020.

This would be seconded by advocate Frank Baraan IV.

Other netizens would also express their disdain at the Duterte administration.

Others would echo calls to register and vote for the 2022 National Elections as a way to prevent the current situation from repeating itself.

Others still would poke fun at the “anniversary”, linking it to their love life—or lack thereof…

… as well as a list of things to prepare for the “anniversary”.

It really is a blink and nothing-really-changed moment…

Netizens pointed out the 10pm to 5am curfew is once again in effect, exactly a year after it was first implemented.

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Even streaming platform Viu is chiming in.

The Palace, however, maintained that the Duterte administration is still handling the pandemic “excellently.”

In a media briefing, Palace spokesperson Harry Roque, who tested positive for COVID-19, insisted that they were handling the pandemic well until the rise in cases.

The Department of Health would tally the highest number of cases in a day in 2021, with 5,404 new cases of COVID-19.

The actions the government has taken to curb this rise has so far been met with anger, as they once again called for the increased presence of uniformed personnel, social distancing, as well as wearing face masks even in our homes.


A change in their tactic, however, has been telling local government units to impose localized lockdowns in houses, streets, compounds, or even barangays to prevent Metro Manila going under a strict enhanced community quarantine.

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