BAGUIO CITY — ACT-CIS partylist lawmaker and House Appropriations Committee chairman Eric Go Yap called on celebrities and social network influencers to use their influence in uniting the nation in the fight against COVID-19.
“Hindi ito ang panahon ng pulitika,” Rep. Yap, also the caretaker congressman of Benguet province, urged. “Hindi kulay ang mga magkalaban at hindi din iisang kulay lang ang tumatayo ngayon upang sugpuin ang krisis na kinakaharap natin.”
Rep. Yap noted that while Luzon is on Enhanced Community Quarantine, people are spending more time on social media. He suggested that people should make better use of their time in social media by sharing health and wellness practices and ways to ward off diseases instead of criticizing the government.
“Why can’t you support the government outright, instead of waiting for the government to commit an error or to bash the government and criticize every word of the President,” he bewailed in Filipino. “This government may not be perfect but definitely it is trying its best.”
The lawmaker, a known ally of the administration and President Duterte’s son, Davao Rep. Paolo Duterte, was dismayed, he said, “(that) there is so much hatred among us.”
Though he admitted that it is not wrong to constructively criticize government, “pero kung hanggang sa pinakamaliit na balita ay pinapalaki pa natin na dapat ay non-issue naman, destructive na yan.”
Not all of us voted for the President, Rep. Yap acknowledged, but ‘all of us are Filipinos’ he said. Duterte was chosen by the majority, the lawmaker pointed out.
“Hindi madali ang kalagayan ng mga nasa pamahalaan at ngayon higit kailanman ay kailangan natin magsama-samang magtiwala sa ating pamunuan,” he said.
Yap gave his assurance that the government is doing its best so that the country overcomes COVID-19.
He remided government critics: “Malayo pa ang eleksyon at may mas mabigat na kalaban tayo ngayon. Mas pipiliin nyo ba na ang kandidato nyo mula sa inyong partido ang bumango at makaupo? O mas pipiliin nyo na sama sama natin masugpo itong sakit na ito?”