We put the spotlight this time on our government leaders—whose jobs matter now more than ever
By Nicole Ganglani | Graphics by Tricia Guevara
The COVID-19 calamity has brought out the best and worst in some of the country’s government leaders—whose jobs matter now more than ever. Normally, we come out with a list of winners and losers for major sporting events but this time, we’re putting the spotlight on our government leaders who are all coming up with their own strategies to win the battle against the coronavirus. The winning team consists of those who we think have surpassed expectations and have contributed sufficiently for their cities while the losing team is represented by those who we feel are underperforming and can still improve their gameplan.
The mastermind behind providing bikes for frontliners and healthcare personnel in Pasig City, Vico Sotto has become the internet’s clear frontrunner for MVP. The mayor of Pasig City has been praised online for his proactive and unorthodox initiatives amid the outbreak, including distributing medical supplies around the city, installing sanitation tents on the entrances of the city hall and in two government hospitals and even utilizing drones. He faced some opposition though with his tricycle idea but the youngest mayor in the local government seems to have brought hope for the new generation of government leaders, leaving a remarkable impression on many.
Filipinos to Vico Sotto right now: pic.twitter.com/LN33DUbyr6
— ERIKA 🖌️🎨 (@thenocturnalfey) March 18, 2020
Vico on trolls attacking him: pic.twitter.com/oYdmqIH07b
— Ted Pylon (@TedPylon) March 19, 2020
Kit Nieto emerged as Cainta’s defensive player of the year after his stellar run to protect the city right away. Mayor Nieto earned a couple of plus points thanks to the blockbuster programs he has pushed for the city, namely distributing food stubs for his constituents, providing vitamins to senior citizens and offering milk rations for families with babies. Safe to say the city of Cainta is assured that their mayor will be prepared for the month-long lockdown.
With Mayor Vico getting a lot of praise, I also just wanna share appreciation for our (perhaps lesser known) Mayor, Kit Nieto of Cainta. He disinfected entire villages so quickly, in addition to the great job he’s done even prior to the quarantine. Thank you Mayor ☺️ pic.twitter.com/2ShCxjgsFe
— Ian Pangilinan (@ianpangilinan_) March 18, 2020
You have got to love Cainta Mayor Kit Nieto!!! pic.twitter.com/MFnHM2BUfi
— Hey Jade (@hellojaaaaade) March 18, 2020
Manila mayor Moreno has been in impeccable form since assuming office and his coronavirus performance lately seems to be a clear winner among Manilenos. He recently ordered hotels in the city to provide free lodging for frontliners who continue to work and serve the country. Possibly inspired by his Pasig counterpart’s moves, the 45-year-old mayor also deployed 189 e-trikes for the use of Manila’s frontliners.
Starbucks will be donating 6,500 sandwiches and pastries tomorrow for our frontliners in Manila.
Bayview Park Hotel also offered 15 rooms for our healthcare workers and frontliners for free.
Thank you po! Thank you Lord!!!
— Isko Moreno Domagoso (@IskoMoreno) March 18, 2020
— DOTSTrash (@DotsTrash) March 18, 2020
Marikina mayor Marcy Teodoro put his name on the map after stepping up his efforts for the city amid the COVID-19 outbreak. Teodoro’s talents were on full display as he implemented free transportation rides for citizens to get around the city and even setting up a molecular laboratory to get citizens tested starting Mar. 23, knowing the caliber of opponent they are facing.
Lord, paramihin nyo po ang mga tunay na public servants tulad ni Vico Sotto at Marcy Teodoro. Parang awa nyo na po. Pero, sana paramihin nyo na rin po ang mga botante na boboto sa mga tulad nila. 🙏🙏🙏
— 💙 TWISH 💙 (@pscd87) March 18, 2020
Marikina Mayor Marcy Teodoro- FREE rides with indicated routes published on Marikina PIO FB page pic.twitter.com/PzgQA5E7bg
— L (@purplesley) March 18, 2020
Rex Gatchalian, the “silent” star mayor of Valenzuela, has provided world-class facilities even before the nationwide lockdown took place. Days before the coronavirus consumed NCR, Valenzuela already installed two central isolation centers (in Balai Banyuhay and Valenzuela City Astrodome) with disinfected modular tents. One of the many impressive feats of the 41-year-old mayor was when he ordered all barangay officials to roam the city to give necessities like food to all families in need.
Walang Postive na Covid case to date sa Valenzuela City
Pero we are prepared for anything that may come our way. DILG instructed us so we followed
We now have two Central Isolation Centers. Disinfected, Set Up and in a couple of hours Sealed.
Sana wag na magamit ang mga eto pic.twitter.com/YTKKwg2syJ
— Rex (@rex_gatchalian) March 18, 2020
One government official who has been constantly criticized for years is former Presidential Communications Operations Office assistant secretary and now Overseas Workers Welfare Administration administrator Mocha Uson. And it’s no different this time. Uson has been the subject of disdain lately for directing foul comments to government officials like Vico Sotto, whom she called out for not abiding by the Department of the Interior and Local Government’s guidelines on public transport. But she later clarified her response. Instead of focusing on a game plan to defeat the virus, Uson seems to be trash talking her own teammates. This is hard to watch.
Let’s remind Mocha Uson that this happened to her the last time she messed with Coney Reyes’ children. ’Wag si Mayor Vico Sotto. pic.twitter.com/WDkitPVN1T
— aly | #MedikalHindiMilitar (@alypalad) March 19, 2020
FYI, Mocha Uson Blog FB page is now composed of different bloggers and admins. We practice free speech though we differ in opinions on different matters. So, saying that I am against VICO SOTTO is FAKE NEWS since it was posted by another admin. I hope this clears everything. pic.twitter.com/OxkonecAmB
— Mocha Uson Blog (@MochaUson) March 19, 2020
Is it possible to SHUT Mocha Uson Blog's page DOWN by simply Reporting her Page as "Hate Speech". Pwede bang subukan natin? 🤔 RETWEET and TRY IT! If you're with me.
— PHIL (@philipbantican) March 19, 2020
Mocha Uson has no purpose in the Philippines. Waste of time, money.
— Mar Evan Go 🇵🇭 (@MarEvanGoMoral2) March 19, 2020
Quezon City mayor Belmonte has been criticized by netizens for underperforming the past couple of days. Many think that she hasn’t shown initiative to take care of her citizens as there has been hardly any actions for Quezon City the past few days. On top of that, the 50-year-old mayor is also being called out for placing her name on the relief goods distributed around barangays.
Be a Vico Sotto, Isko Moreno, Francis Zamora, Marcy Teodoro, Rex Gatchalian in this world full of Joy Belmonte.
— Mark Alain B. Pampolina (@ykram1006) March 18, 2020
Not to brag or anything. I'm not against you Mayor Joy Belmonte, But how dare you to distribute those eco bags with your name embosed to it. It's not even a campaign. Now I get why many people hate you.
QC VS MARIKINA, Know the difference. pic.twitter.com/YiVokylyIS
— L S J (@Infnte008) March 18, 2020
The tale of two mayors.
Mayor Vico Sotto and Joy Belmonte pic.twitter.com/zZAKVLeuUn
— #StandWithBakwitSchool (@standwithlumad) March 18, 2020
People who recorded and wrote Duterte’s speech
Until today, the public still has no idea why the president arrived late to both his press conferences. To add insult to injury, it seems netizens were left with a whole lot of questions right after he delivered his speech. The logistics and the people behind the country’s vague lockdown rules and regulations took an L after their poor performances.
Las Piñas mayor Mel Agular was called out by netizens for slacking off after not being able to distribute enough relief goods around Las Pinas on time and even gathering them in one place to get their goods—which isn’t safe at a time when social distancing needs to be practiced.
Here's what our clown of a mayor and vice mayor did in Las Piñas city. Pinapunta ang mga tao sa City Hall para kumuha ng relief goods when the directives clearly said na bawal lumabas ng bahay! We are in an enhanced community quarantine yet they are risking the lives of people. pic.twitter.com/4bj4EdQy65
— Nikki (@neomukawaii) March 18, 2020
“Walang namamatay sa gutom. Ang isang buwan, hindi ka pa mamatay,” said presidential spokesperson Panelo about the lockdown protocols being enforced in the country. Panelo is that player on the team who brings everyone down by saying the most absurd thing. (We see you Patrick Beverley). Even if he backtracked and clarified his statement, it was still insensitive. The country needs people in government who aren’t apathetic to their plight.
nobody fucking feed panelo for a month LET HIM DIE OF HUNGER https://t.co/YecAD2s4LN
— cyan jatjat (@seelyan) March 15, 2020
On Sunday, Malacañang launched the “No Food for One Month Challenge.” Ang unang susubok ay sina Salvador Panelo, Rodrigo Duterte at Bong Go. Ordinary Filipinos may upload their own videos only after those three have completed the challenge. pic.twitter.com/ktD2aRuvTe
— The Professional Heckler (@hecklerforever8) March 15, 2020
Asymptomatic Senators Who Used Limited Testing Kits
Something the Philippines urgently needs right now are testing kits. Senators Tito Sotto, Imee Marcos, Pia Cayetano, Cynthia Villar and Grace Poe have all reportedly been tested even if they were asymptomatic. This is not just unfair to the public (who need the kits the most) but also to the triage of the Department of Health. Those who need to be tested first are people who already have symptoms, not the privileged few.
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