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Hate late? Celebs and netizens are now used to Pres. Rodrigo Duterte being late

He also announced that he had allotted 200 billion for low-income households who are badly affected by the crisis, But despite the hefty emergency fund, he still appealed to people to donate.

When President Rodrigo Duterte gave his first address to the nation after being given special powers and an additional budget of P275 billion to deal with the COVID-19 crisis, many were disappointed.

Spokesperson Salvador Panelo had announced that it was “tentatively” scheduled for 4 pm but much to everyone’s dismay, the speech was aired at around 11 pm.

Alessandra De Rossi asked on her Twitter account, “#TanongNgTaongBayan within this lifetime po?” while waiting. She tweeted again, “Guys, on the way na po! Edsa na po!”

Kip Oebanda said people are used to the government being late, whether it comes to televised speeches or imposing a much-needed travel ban.

ABS-CBN journalist Ces Drillon called out the president, saying the delay was just making everyone anxious.

Janine Guiterrez’s horoscope seemed to be on the mark as it said she was waiting for someone, which turned out to be the president and his much delayed speech.

Gang Capati waited for the president because she needed to focus on helping out smaller hospitals should the president say in his speech that the had the major hospitals covered.

PinoyAkoBlog felt pity for the journalists who had to wait for the president.

Juan Miguel Severo joked that some people get fired for being tardy.

Bullet Dumas said, “On the way ” which is what people running late usually say.

K Brosas seemed to have lost her patience waiting.

Zsa Zsa Padilla prayed the rosary, thinking she would be back in time to hear the speech given how late the speech was. She even apparently watched the iWant show Uncoupling while waiting.

Netizens also joined the waiting game.

Around 11 in the evening, the President finally had his first weekly address on the COVID-19 crisis. He thanked all the frontliners who keep battling the COVID-19 outbreak in the country (he had neglected to thank frontliners in his earlier speeches). He also announced that he had allotted 200 billion for low-income households who are badly affected by the crisis, But despite the hefty emergency fund, he still appealed to people to donate.

“To those who have more in life, I implore you to share in the cause of taking care of the less fortunate and keeping our society intact,” he said

The President also appealed to the private sector to contribute to this national emergency crisis. He also thanked those who are silently helping behind the cameras.

“To our farmers and fisherfolk, we have not forgotten you and the government is having quick response measures. Andito ang gobyerno para sa inyo.”

He said that he would have regular communications to keep people informed. He also asked people to trust him to get the country through the crisis.

“Salamat po at ako ay regularly makipagusap sa inyo until this crisis is over. Huwag kayong matakot dahil may pera ako. Ayusin namin ‘yan.”



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