President Rodrigo Duterte appealed to his critics that this a time for cooperation and not criticism as the country fights for survival in the face of the virus pandemic.
“Daldal kayo nang daldal, wala namang income. So sinong pinaparinggan ninyo? You know ‘yung trying to be a smart-aleck ganun…Maraming magsalita para lang makasalita, wala namang ginagawa at hindi naman nagawa noong nandoon kayo. ‘Di ba?” said Duterte in a late night address April 6.
“At sabihin mo nagpapa-hero. Stop it. Nakokornihan na ang mga tao niyan na magsalita kaagad kayo baligtarin. Eh ‘yon namang ano, ‘Ah hindi pwede ‘yan dalawa kasi bawal sa constitution’. Hindi nila alam binabasa ko batas mismo under the constitution. Iyang mga style na ganun. So what’s new?” said an exasperated Duterte.
Duterte is fed up with criticism about his handling of the COVID-19 crisis, specifically his declaration of a 30-day Luzon lockdown which forced everybody to stay at home, follow a curfew, go through checkpoints, and strictly observe social distancing. Duterte has likewise expressed his disgust over local government officials and critics who defy or or criticize his policies publicly amid the rising number of coronavirus cases and deaths.
“Do not compete with me because you are not a lawyer and a lot of you — you do not know your law.So huwag kayong mag-compete sa akin kasi may kulang eh. Tapos ‘yung kulang ninyo, I will supply it, and then mainsulto kayo,” he said.
“[Nakasalalay] ang bayan natin sa pag-unawa sa ating isa’t isa. Wala naman akong makuha sa inyo.Let us take this problem one at a time,” he added.
So next time, look for a valid issue. Huwag ‘yang basta may sinabi ka, lalo na ‘yang favorite na “the extrajudicial death.” Lukso kaagad, maraming magsalita para lang makasalita, wala namang ginagawa at hindi naman nagawa noong nandoon kayo. ‘Di ba?
Let us take this problem one at a time. Ngayon itong buwan na ito tutok lang tayo dito.