- Pokwang is one of those who criticized Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque’s earlier remark about COVID-19 lockdowns
- Roque’s recent statement says that Filipinos have been on a year-long “vacation” due to the pandemic
- Pokwang then bluntly reiterated what really happened to the economy and Filipino people during the lockdowns
- After receiving criticisms, the Presidential spokesperson made a clarification on his statement
Pokwang recently slammed Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque’s earlier statement regarding the ongoing pandemic and the country’s economy.
Earlier, Roque backed President Rodrigo Duterte after the latter reclassified November 2, December 24, and December 31 as special working days in a bid to support economic recovery, according to CNN Philippines’ report.
“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 his briefing on Tuesday, March 2.
Pokwang then took to Twitter to reiterate what really happened during the lockdown.
“hindi po bakasyon ang tawag don sir! be sensitive naman po! bakasyon ba matatawag yung umiiyak ka gabi2 kasi wala kana trabaho? pano na pamilya at pangkabuhayan nyo? bakasyon poba yung need mo isara negosyo mo kasi may pandemia? kung ganyan ang bakasyo edi ayoko na mag bakasyon”
Roque clarifies his ‘year-long vacation’ statement
In a report by PNA, Roque clarified that his “vacation” remark 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 after his earlier statement drew flak from the public.
Pokwang, or Marietta Subong in real life, is a Filipina actress and comedienne. Pokwang gave birth to her child, Malia, with American partner Lee O’Brian on January 18, 2018.
She has an older daughter, Rie Mae Subong, with a former partner. The comedienne also had a son who died due to an illness while she was working overseas.
Amid stricter community quarantine, the comedienne asked her followers who own small businesses to tag her on their Instagram Stories so that she can repost those in her account as well. “Sa ganitong paraan makatulong man lang sa inyo,” Pokwang said.
Pokwang recently ranted about business owners who are unmannerly fooling her. She said she has been supportive of those who have small businesses, but she dislikes the abusive ones. Pokwang likewise warned on seeking the help of Raffy Tulfo’s program to expose them.
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