By JOHN CARLO M. CAHINHINAN
Gabriela party-list group has scored President Rodrigo Duterte for supposedly romanticizing the death of doctors and other medical frontliners amid the country’s COVID-19 crisis.
In a statement, the group said it is “very inappropriate for Duterte to romanticize the death of our health workers under current circumstances as some stroke of luck.”
Duterte, in his address to the nation on Monday evening, said medical frontliners who became causalities in the ongoing pandemic were lucky to die in the service of the Filipino people.
“May mga doktor na, mga nurses, attendants, namatay. Sila ‘yung nasawi ang buhay para lang makatulong sa kapwa. Napakasuwerte nila. Namatay sila para sa bayan. Iyon ang dapat ang rason na bakit tayo mamatay,” Duterte said in his pre-recorded televised speech.
Instead of romanticizing and using its for his propaganda, the women’s group stressed that Mr. Duterte should instead “be alarmed” that the country are losing those who are supposed to save lives.”
“How could the President miss this very critical lens at this crucial time? Bakit sasabihing swerte sila sa kanilang pagkamatay gayong dapat na manatili silang buhay nang makapagpatuloy sa paglilingkod sa bayan?” the statement read.
Gabriela further noted that it would have been better if the President made mention of the names of the real heroes in the country’s fight against coronavirus—the frontline health workers who died in this fight against COVID-19—rather than to personally thank “every oligarch and corporation who are just sharing crumbs from their profit.”
“Walang banggit hinggil sa libre at maramihang testing kahit hawak na nya ang mahigit P200 bilyon. Wala pa ring detalye ang ayudang pinansyal kahit naka-lockdown na pati sikmura ng ating mga kababayan. Pero nakuha pa ng Pangulong isa-isang pasalamatan ang mga oligarkiya at malalaking korporasyon,” the statement read.