Philippines is among the countries that have the most number of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases in Southeast Asia.
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KAMI learned that 6 politicians gave meaningful messages as the country bravely fights against the COVID-19.
Here are the 6 politicians and their meaningful messages:
Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto
“’Wag na po natin pag-usapan ‘yung economic consequences, ‘wag na po natin pag-usapan ‘yung social consequences, pag-usapan na lang po natin ‘yung threat, ‘yung imminent danger to lives. ‘Di nga magkaka-virus ‘yung tao pero mamamatay naman dahil ‘di makakuha ng tamang dialysis, hindi nakapunta sa ospital.”
During the enhanced community quarantine, all mass transportation was suspended. Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto allowed tricycle drivers to operate to help the health care workers, other frontliners, and patients in terms of transportation. However, the national government said that tricycles will still not be allowed during the quarantine period.
Cavite Governor Jonvic Remulla
“As governor, I am respectfully asking that you consider them to be part of the social amelioration program. They may not get as much as the poorest of the poor but please consider their welfare. They are often over looked. They pay the most taxes. They keep our economy alive. They are mostly law abiding citizens. They need a break.”
Cavite Governor Jonvic Remulla wrote a letter addressed to President Rodrigo Duterte. In the letter, he appealed to the President to include the middle-class families in the social amelioration program for them to receive financial assistance as well.
Senator Imee Marcos
“Kung may pera ‘man, ilabas na, ilabas na, itodo na ang tulong sa tao. Ngayon na, please lang… Now’s the time. Magbago na tayo at talagang magtapatan na once and for all.”
In a vlog, Senator Imee Marcos asked the national government to use all resources to produce funds for people to use during the COVID-19 crisis. She also called out the national government’s response and urge other departments as well as agencies to release the supplies in their possession and just donate it to those in need.
Senator Manny Pacquiao
“Kaya pagtapos ng lockdown na ito, we should learn to humble ourselves na it is not the material things that we should crave for. It is about our relationship to God and the memories and the legacy that we will leave to our children.”
Senator Manny Pacquiao is one of the billionaires in the Senate. During the COVID-19 crisis, he has been praised for his donations like financial assistance and testing kits recently. However, he reminded the people that material possession and lots of money are not that useful during the crisis. Instead, people should create more memories they will bring with them forever.
Vice President Leni Robredo
“Sa mga panahong ganito, tayo mismo ang magtatawid sa sarili natin. Tayo mismo ang pinakamatibay nating maasahan. Tayo mismo ang pinuno ng ating bawat pagkilos. At palagi, itong bukal ng liwanag sa ating mga puso, ito ang susi ng pagtagumpay natin sa anumang panahon. Pilipino tayong kayang magka-isa. Pilipino tayong kayang maki-ambag. Pilipino tayong kakayaning lagpasan ang pagsubok na ito.”
Vice President Leni Robredo has been praised for her COVID-19 efforts as well. She raised funds to donate personal protective equipment (PPEs) and dormitories for the frontliners. In a video, she called for Filipinos to unite as one as the country fights the COVID-19.
President Rodrigo Duterte
“I give my sincerest gratitude to all those who are fighting in the frontlines—our doctors, nurses, allied health professionals, police, soldiers, civil servants, and everyone performing essential services in the private sector. I assure you that your efforts will be rewarded. Your heroism will not be forgotten. Saludo kami sa inyo.”
President Rodrigo Duterte is the country’s leader in the fight against the COVID-19. He placed the entire Luzon under enhanced community quarantine since March 17, 2020. He also assured the public that Filipinos will be assisted during the crisis. In a statement, he gave honor to the healthcare workers and frontliners risking their lives to save others.
As previously reported by KAMI, the Department of Health (DOH) recorded a total of 5,878 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Philippines as of April 17, 2020.
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