Kapamilya actress Agot Isidro on Monday, February 22, shared on twitter an international article that tackled the Philippines in handling Covid-19.
The incompetence of the Duterte government has reached other parts of the world.
“Yet at every turn, Duterte has been proven to be out of his depth.”
They can only write these things. Sadly, we are actually living it. 😭
According to Nikkei Asia article, it described Duterte as someone out of his depth at every turn.
Isidro quoted the same line in her post.
The coronavirus wreaking havoc in the country, and how the Duterte government responded to it–the article described the Philippines as Asia’s weakest economic link amid the COVID-19 era.
As backed by the ASEAN survey–it placed the Philippines at the bottom among Southeast Asian countries’ efficacy in responding to the Wuhan virus.
Not only that, but Nikkei Asia also observed how Duterte lambasted things. From fighting the United States to disrespecting the Pope, the publication cannot handle Duterte’s behavior.
Also, the Philippine leader got compared to U.S. President Donald Trump in terms of disregarding Covid-19 policies.
Furthermore, the incompetence of the Duterte administration was not the only thing mentioned in the article.
The credit-grabbing of Duterte was also exposed. The article mentioned Duterte’s macho talk of economic revolution.
Nikkie Asia stressed that Duterte mostly relied on the previous administration’s projects. The growth that the Philippines experienced during the early tenure of Duterte which was 6%-7% growth, was based on “Aquino-era inertia”.
Still, with the facts that they laid for the world to know, and the concern that they expressed for the country’s citizens, they are not the ones who are experiencing Duterte’s reign of terror first-hand.
That is why Isidro responded by saying, “They can only write these things. Sadly, we [Filipinos] are actually living it.”
Agot retweeted Bloomberg’s article.
Last Sunday, February 21, Agot Isidro retweeted another article, which Bloomberg recently published with an update on the world’s Covid-19 vaccination campaign picking its pace.
According to the report, more than 200 million vaccines were distributed across the world. However, the Philippines is not included in the list.
That is why on her twitter, expressed her dismay at the Philippines’ slow acquisition of vaccines.
Bangladesh, a country poorer than the Philippines, has already received its first batch of vaccines from India.
Meanwhile, Filipinos are waiting for Pfizer and Moderna to arrive.
To backtrack, the Philippine government assured the public that the vaccines will arrive by February 14. However, as of this moment, there were no Pfizer and no Moderna in the country still.
In line with Agot’s frustration, vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. on February 19, said that the Philippines is lagging in terms of starting the vaccination plan.
Moreover, Galvez revealed that the lack of an indemnification program has made 117,000 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech get delayed. About 600,000 doses of China’s Sinovac Biotech might also get delayed because it failed to acquire an emergency use authorization (EUA) in the Philippines. Hence, the country is still without vaccines and is behind other countries in its vaccination campaign.