FOR using the coronavirus problem for their own selfish agenda, the nation’s politicians would risk widespread condemnation by the Filipino people, particularly the poorest of the poor.
In the view of many quarters, government and private sector efforts to contain the deadly coronavirus disease (COVID-19) could be negated by moves to “politicize” the health emergency.
Thus, as the citizens prepare for the worst, well-meaning Filipinos, including neophyte Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso, called for a “ceasefire” among the country’s politicians.
Instead, the Manila mayor urged his colleagues to direct all their resources, energy and focus on the coronavirus problem, which has rendered the Philippines and the rest of the world “helpless.”
In an emotional public address through social media, the highly-popular local Chief Executive urged the people not to allow themselves to be used by politicians using COVID-19 for their own interests.
“Ang tanging mananalo sa away ng politiko ay kapwa politiko. Palitan man natin ang liderato, wala pa ring makapagbibigay ng…tamang solusyon sa ating kinakaharap. Maghunos dili po tayo,” he said.
Moreno urged critics to stop twisting what our leaders say and just donate their salaries and other resources to help the poorest of the poor, who continue to suffer as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Talagang tama si Mayor Moreno. Ngayon dapat magpakitang gilas ang mga politiko, lalo na yong mga bumibili ng boto para lamang manalo,” said a long-time voter of Pindangan East, Alcala, Pangasinan.
Certainly, the workaholic movie actor-turned-politician, who used to roam the streets of impoverished Tondo in Manila as scavenger, raised valid points that cannot be easily dismissed by politicians.
Like other well-meaning Filipinos, we agree with the boyish-looking local Chief Executive that everyone must now act in unison if we are to win the war against the unseen enemy – the coronavirus.