House Committee on Appropriations Chairperson and ACT-CIS Partylist Eric Yap told celebrities and influencers to help in government’s campaign against COVID-19 instead of criticizing it for supposed lapses.
“Marami tayong panahon ngayon para sa social media, bakit hindi natin ito gamitin sa mas makabuluhang mga bagay? Gaya ng mga dapat gawin upang makaiwas sa virus o di kaya kung paano palakasin ang immune system?”
“Kung hindi niyo kayang hayagan na magbigay ng suporta sa pamahalaan, mas mabuti siguro yun ang gawin ninyo kaysa abangan natin na magkamali ang pamahalaan o di kaya ay batikusin ang bawat salitang lumalabas mula sa ating Pangulo at palakihin ito,” Yap said in a statement.
Despite this, he said it is not wrong to criticize as long as it is constructive.
“Walang mali pumuna kung ito ay constructive pero kung hanggang sa pinakamaliit na balita ay pinapalaki pa natin na dapat ay non-issue naman, destructive na yan.”
Yap defended the government amid criticisms and said it may not be perfect but it is trying its best.
The lawmaker also expressed dismay, saying there is so much hatred and it seems like division prevails over unity even as the country is facing a pandemic.
He called on the public to stop politicizing issues.
Actresses Nadine Lustre, Liza Soberano and Kim Chui are among the showbiz personalities who called out the government using their social media accounts for its response against the COVID-19 pandemic.