‘Ang Kakapal’ trends after Congress compares themselves to frontliners

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It doesn’t even compare

ICYMI, Congress is currently debating whether it’s necessary to declare a ‘national emergency’, which will lead to Presidente Duterte being granted additional powers to deal with the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.

But the issue of the powers soon took a backseat after House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano and Co. brought out signs on manila paper which read ‘Together with doctors and frontliners, we went to work for you, so please stay home for us’.

The line first grew in popularity after medical workers, most of whom have been on the frontlines since the beginning, held similar signs urging the pvblic to follow the quarantine rules and stay indoors.

‘WE STAYED AT WORK FOR YOU, PLEASE STAY AT HOME FOR US’An emergency doctor from San Juan De Dios Hospital in Pasay…

Posted by Philippine Star on Wednesday, March 18, 2020

 

As expected, a bunch of privileged politicians comparing themselves to people sacrificing their lives on the daily didn’t exactly resonate well with the pvblic. ‘Ang Kakapal’ soon became Twitter’s top keyword alongside #NoToEmergencyPowers and #DuterteResign.

As many pointed out, politicians and frontliners aren’t exactly on the same wavelength, especially considering this is the same House that was responsible for the 10 billion health budget cut that led to the shortage of Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs).

There’s also the lingering issue of officials receiving VIP treatments in spite of the shortage of COVID-19 test kits in the country. Plus, in the worst case that everything goes to hell, politicians have the comforts of power and influence to fall back on – a luxury that many frontliners do not possess.

In short, credit and sympathy for politicians were in short supply on social media.

 

 

 

 

 

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