- Netizens slammed President Rodrigo Duterte’s late speech.
President Rodrigo Duterte has again faced the nation to give his report on the government’s efforts in combating the COVID-19 crisis.
Under the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act or RA 11469, the President, on Monday of every week, must submit a weekly report to Congress on all acts performed pursuant to this Act during the immediately preceding week.
However, the supposed 4 pm speech was delayed and aired around 11 pm instead, causing netizens to call out the President and his staff’s sense of time.
Aside from slamming the President for being seven hours late to the original announcement of 4 pm public address, netizens also blasted Duterte for romanticizing the death of some medical frontliners.
“May mga doktor, nurses, attendants na namatay. Sila ang nasawi ang buhay para lang makatulong sa kapwa. Napakasuwerte nila, namatay sila para sa bayan. It would be an honor to die for your country,” said the President in his speech.
Ayun, nag hintay tayo ng pitong oras para sa side kwentos at keme keme.
– no update on mass testing
– no concrete or strategic plan on how to prevent the spread of the virus
-no comment sa kashungahan nung Buko Juice na Senador (jusko)
— macoyDubs #MassTestingNow (@macoydubs1) March 30, 2020
He kept us all waiting just for what? A taped message? And tangina, the very first he thanked on his list is China government? Next, oligarchs? He didn’t even recognize the hardwork and efforts of VP Leni. This man is just so inutile he should just RESIGN! #DuterteStandardTime
— Ryan (@rryyyaaaannnn) March 30, 2020
Celebrities who also waited for the 7-hour late public address have also shared their comments and sentiments about the President’s latest speech.
K Brosas could barely comment because of her frustration.
“Ayun na nga… napanood ko na at last.. I kenat… kaya gudnyt na Lang po.. be safe.. god bless us all”
Kapuso star Janine Gutierrez also waited for the speech and was frustrated that it didn’t answer the people’s questions about concrete plans and how the government is performing in terms of beating COVID-19.
“Hay. Nakakalungkot. Kung essay yun sa exam, hindi papasa. Wala naman yatang nasagot sa mga tanong ng bayan. I appreciate the visibility but that means nothing without transparency. Anong plano? Hindi naman pwedeng tiwala lang.”
Known for her funny and witty tweets, Ethel Booba joked about being even more late than the president because she failed to catch his speech on TV.
Mas late ako kasi di ko naabutan pinalabas. Charot!
— Ethel Booba (@IamEthylGabison) March 30, 2020
Chai Fonacier, Inday Varona-Espina, Juan Miguel Severo, and Paterno Esmaquel II also commented on the very late speech.
"huwag kayong matakot, may pera ako."
POTAH KA AMIN YAN! ULOL
— Chai Fonacier (@bansheerabidcat) March 30, 2020
Yawn. Wala din. More of the same.
— inday espina varona (@indayevarona) March 30, 2020
Rodrigo Duterte thanks China, businessmen, everyone – except Vice President Leni Robredo – for their help vs #coronavirus.
— Paterno Esmaquel II (@paterno_II) March 30, 2020
Here are other sentiments from the netizens on President Duterte’s latest public address.
WE WAITED 7HRS FOR THAT? HOW CAN DUTERTE CONTINUOUSLY DISAPPOINT US AND UNDERPERFORM?
If you were satisfied with his speech, then I pity you for looking at our country AND YOURSELF with very little value. How can you believe that what he’s giving us is what we deserve. Pathetic
— Anton Dalisay (@AntonDalisay) March 30, 2020
— Miguel (@jwnhrnn) March 30, 2020
Remember, Mr. President, that there are people who have to waste precious time just so they can broadcast your speech to the public. We just hope that your speech has depth and substance worthy for keeping up with Duterte Standard Time. #TanongNgTaongBayan
— Mrs. Son (@Lovee97885511) March 30, 2020
Stop romanticizing the deaths of our front-liners! It should have been your responsibility to protect them from getting infected from the virus, by providing the PPEs and other medical supplies, while they are working hard to save our fellowmen. ANG LALA. #DuterteStandardTime
— Juvin (@juvin_durante) March 30, 2020
Give statistical reports, reports on the usage of emergency powers, reports of the crisis right now, not you spewing out hot garbage and your traditional bullshit
— Jomari Jesus (@jomba_juice) March 30, 2020
Anyone else feel more scared after watching Duterte tonight? Five hours hinintay for just sweeping statements and emotional pleas? Walang concrete actions. Felt more like a sermon than a report. Pilipinas, we are so fucked. #DuterteStandardTime #COVID19PH
— Veerus de Milo (@benjicated) March 30, 2020