MANILA — Malacanang admitted on Monday that “psychopath” term that actress Agot Isidro reportedly used to describe President Rodrigo Duterte is “going to the edge.”
”It’s really going to the edge,” Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella replied when asked about Isidro’s Facebook post that went viral.
Isidro criticized the President for daring the United States, European Union and other international groups to pull out aid to the Philippines in response to US and EU’s criticisms to the country’s strong campaign against illegal drugs.
The actress was referring to President Duterte’s recent statement: “Do not understand me and if you think it’s high time for you guys to withdraw your assistance, go ahead. We will not beg for it.”
In upholding the integrity of the country, President Duterte said the Philippines will survive “even if it’s difficult.”
The President added: “I’ll be the first one to go hungry. I’ll be the first one to die for hunger. Do no worry but we will never, never compromise our dignity as a Filipino.”
Without naming name, the actress last Friday posted: “Unang-una, walang umaaway sa iyo. As a matter of fact, ikaw ang nang-aaway. (First of all, nobody is fighting with you. As a matter of fact, you’re the one picking fights with others).”
”Second, this country wherein 16 million out of 100+ million people for you is Third World. The way you talk, it’s as if the Philippines is superpower. And excuse me, we don’t want to get hungry. Just be by yourself, do not drag us. Many people are already starving, then you’ll make them starve more,” she added in Tagalog.
Isidro also said: “I know a psychiatrist. Why don’t you have check-up? You’re not bipolar. You are a psychopath.”
Abella said while Isidro’s comments can be irritating “it’s something that, just demonstrates where she is in terms of being a patriot or a nationalist.”
The Palace official said President Duterte was just challenging the Filipinos’ sense of nationalism when he said the country will not beg for international assistance.
”He’s challenging us to become more nationalistic, to be proud of who we are and not to go back and fall back on these dependencies,” Abella said.
He clarified that the Philippines is not doing away with international aid.
”We’re simply saying that we should not be dependent on these things,” Abella said.
Meanwhile, Abella described as “unfortunate” the French newspaper’s comment, calling President Duterte as serial killer due to nearly 1,500 drug dependents killed in legitimate police operations.
”For me, it demonstrates a profound lack of understanding of the Philippines situation. Considering the fact that it is a left-leaning paper, I believe they should have been more appreciative of other things that are happening in the Philippines,” Abella said. Jelly Musico/PNA-northboundasia.com