Frankie Pangilinan slams Harry Roque for likening COVID lockdown to 'vacation'

Frankie Pangilinan slams Harry Roque for likening COVID lockdown to 'vacation'

- Frankie Pangilinan had a reaction to Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque’s recent statement about the lockdowns imposed because of COVID-19 pandemic

- He said that Filipinos have been on a nearly year-long “vacation” due to the community quarantine

- On her Twitter account, Frankie said that lockdown cannot be likened to vacation

- Roque, on the other hand, had a clarification on the said statement after it drew flak from the public

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Frankie Pangilinan took a swipe at Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque’s recent statement on the community quarantine imposed in the country amid the pandemic.

Frankie Pangilinan slams Roque for likening COVID lockdown to 'vacation'
Photo: Frankie Pangilinan (@frankiepangilinan)
Source: Instagram

“Halos isang taon na tayong nagbakasyon dahil sa COVID-19. Siguro naman po ngayong nandito na ang bakuna, hayaan naman nating maka-recover tayo for lost time,” Roque said during his briefing on Tuesday, March 2.

According to CNN Philippines, Roque’s statement came after President Rodrigo Duterte reclassified November 2, December 24, and December 31 as special working days in a bid to support economic recovery.

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In a Twitter post, Pangilinan shared her frank thoughts on the said statement:

"the opacity"
“okay but this is truly just foul and cruel”
“lockdown, school and work at home, and forced isolation =/= a vacation. people have died. how heartbreaking.”

Roque clarifies ‘year-long vacation’ remark

After Roque drew flak from the public, Roque clarified that his “vacation” comment was only meant to give emphasis to Filipinos’ unemployment since the pandemic broke out.

“Hindi naman po talaga bakasyon 'yan, kung hindi, hindi nakapagtatrabaho. Kaya ngayon na pupuwede na po tayong makapagtrabaho sana dahil nagbubukas na tayo ng ekonomiya, hayaan naman nating kumita at makapagtrabaho ang ating mga kababayan,” Roque said as quoted by PNA’s report.

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Frankie Pangilinan is a prominent Filipina singer and celebrity daughter. She has been a staunch critic of President Rodrigo Duterte and his administration.

Frankie is the daughter of Sharon Cuneta and Liberal Party President Senator Francis Pangilinan.

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Her tweet about 2022 and the next Philippine elections received support from social media users. She stated that the country needs a good candidate in the said year.

Earlier, Frankie once again made President Duterte the subject of her tweet. She reposted some photos of the politician where he was seen holding an identification card.

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