Following the 2020 State of the Nation Address (SONA) of President Rodrigo Duterte, actress Kim Chiu slammed the government and compared the country’s current COVID-19 response status with other countries.
In her Instagram story, she shared a Forbes article where it recognized the list of countries with the best coronavirus response while raising her opinion about it.
“#SonaAll welfare ng tao ang iniisip mahirap man, middle class man or mayaman man. Mga tao muna bago ang sariling agenda,” she said.
She also cautioned her critics saying that she is only a concerned taxpayer of the country.
“Hep! Before kayo mag bad comment, this is just my opinion as a taxpayer and isang mamamayang nalulungkot sa nangyayari sa ating bayan,” she said.
She added that if she only had the option to choose where her paid taxes will go she would prefer putting it on the Education and Health fund.
“Bayaran na naman ng monthly tax, ITR and more. Sana may option kung saan mo ilalagay ang ibabayad mo. If I have a choice, education and health fund. Kung may ganun man,” she added.
Chiu remarked that the welfare of the Filipino people should always be the priority of government officials. Similar to the several countries that were tagged as the best coronavirus responses and were amazingly even led by women leaders.
The Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel immediately addressed the virus with mass testing. Foreseeing the probability that it would infect at least 70% of its population she right away took steps that resulted in lower cases and deaths compared to other European countries.
Taiwan’s Tsai Ing-wen has been far the most impressive in handling the crisis that they even lend a hand to Europe and the US by donating 10 million face masks. Upon the first update on the new virus, she sent doctors from their CDC to Wuhan for immediate examination.
New Zealand’s Jacinda Ardern imposed an immediate lockdown and a maximum level of alert to every citizen.
Prime Minister of Iceland Katrín Jakobsdóttir has made testing free for all its residents.
Sanna Marin of Finland showed the influence of social media by using it to spread information about the virus.
And lastly, Erna Solberg of Norway used the television to communicate and held a press conference to strengthen her people.