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Cristy Fermin calls out Piolo Pascual’s vaccine joke

This statement of Pascual did not escape Fermin’s eyes as she talked about it on her show, Cristy Fer Minute, Thursday, June 10.

Piolo Pascual’s vaccination led to Cristy Fermin reminding the actor’s responsibilities.

Recently, Pascual got his first jab of the coronavirus vaccine. The actor shared his inoculation on his Instagram story on Tuesday, June 8.

However, his caption raised eyebrows as he was joking about dying after the vaccination.

“1st jab done… then I died (joke),” wrote Pascual, followed by the hashtag #GoodCitizen.

This statement of Pascual did not escape Fermin’s eyes as she talked about it on her show, Cristy Fer Minute, Thursday, June 10.

“Si Piolo Pascual… ano yung pagkakaquote niya? First jab done… then I died (joke),” Fermin started. “Ito ang dahilan kung bakit siya binabash ngayon.”

The radio host then recalled how actor John Estrada made the same mistake.

“Wala pong pinagkaiba kay John Estrada isang dekada na ang nakakaraan, nung kasagsagan ng pagbabantay sa mga pasahero sa airport. Matindi ang paghahalughog na ginagawa sa mga bagahe dahil sa umiiral na kwento na maaaring gawin ng mga terorista.”

Estrada joked about having a bomb in his bag, which led to airport securities initiating proper measures to address a ‘possible’ bomb situation.

“Ngayon si John habang tinitignan ang bag niya, binunganga niya, ‘Mag-ingat ka may bomba dyan.’ Yun ang dahilan bakit siya inimbitahan sa opisina sa airport at talagang na-hold siya dun ng isang oras. Kasi hindi nga ginagawang biro ang mga ganung senaryo,” recalled Fermin.

With Estrada committing such a mistake, Fermin pointed that Pascual also did the same thing. This time, amid vaccine fear among the public.

“At heto ngayon, si Piolo Pascual. Eh alam mo naman ngayon na madami sa ating mga kababayan na natatakot magpabakuna.”

Fermin reprimanded the actor for such a joke involving vaccines. Many are still having doubts about whether to receive their respective doses or not. But with Pascual making a joke out of it, the result would only lead to many getting more scared [than getting encouraged] to be vaccinated.

“Pero sana, hindi na ito pinalulutang pa. Dapat hindi na natin pinopost pa.

“Dahil sa halip na makapagbigay tayo ng lakas ng loob sa ating mga kababayan para magpaturok ng bakuna at makaligtas sa Covid-19, eh parang tinatakot pa natin sila. Ganun ang dating sa ating mga kababayan.”

Fermin then advised vaccinated celebrities to inspire people to get inoculated rather than instill fear.

“Ang dapat nating ginagawa ay nagbibigay tayo ng magandang inspirasyon sa ating mga kababayan para sila rin na nakapagbakuna na, eh makaiwas din sa matinding pagkakasakit.

“Kaya dapat ang mga artista, mag-iingat sa mga pinapakawalang salita. Tinitingala kayo eh, ginawa kayong inspirasyon, tinutularan kayo ng mga kabataan,” stressed Fermin.

The radio host’s sermon did not end there.

Fermin pointed that no one has to joke about something that is currently causing people too much anxiety.

“Hindi napapanahon ang biro. Pwede niyang bitiwan ang konotasyon na yan kapag kalmado na ang puso at kalooban ng ating mga kababayan. Wag ngayon dahil hindi yan napapanahon ngayon.

“Dahil maraming kababayan natin ang tumatangging magpabakuna dahil natatakot sa mga kwentong napupulot kung saan-saan… Kaya ingat na lang.”

Stigma toward Vaccines in the Philippines.

Filipinos got terrorized by the Dengvaxia controversy, which caused hundreds of death in the country.

In 2016, Dengvaxia manufacturers revealed that the dengue vaccine could make the disease even worse for people who did not get infected by the virus. Although Sanofi insisted that Dengvaxia is safe and effective, Filipinos have lost confidence in vaccines.

In 2019, the Philippines fell from top 10 with faith in vaccines to being 70th.



Being etched in the 108 million Filipinos’ minds–coronavirus immunization became a primary concern for the citizens.

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