Pinoy Big Brother: Unlimited Big Winner Slater Young took to social media to appeal for the cessation of romanticizing Filipino resilience amid the struggles that Filipinos are facing.
On his Twitter page, Slater said, "Can we please stop glorifying Filipino resilience? The most 'resilient' among us have it the hardest. Nobody wants to have to be resilient. Let’s stop romanticizing it.”
Can we please stop glorifying Filipino resilience? The most “resilient“ among us have it the hardest. Nobody wants to have to be resilient. Let’s stop romanticizing it.— Slater Young (@thatguySLATER) August 17, 2020
Without mentioning what or who he was referring to, Slater posted in another tweet, "45% pa lang? It could be worse. Oh 60% na? It could be worse. 80%??? It could still be worse. 'It could be worse' is an excuse. 'It could be better' is being accountable."
45% pa lang? It could be worse— Slater Young (@thatguySLATER) August 17, 2020
Oh 60% na? It could be worse
80%??? It could still be worse
“It could be worse” is an excuse
“It could be better” is being accountable
Slater’s appeal came after Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque's statement regarding the resilience of the Filipinos following the high unemployment rate in the Philippines.
According to Social Weather Stations (SWS), 27.3 million adults were jobless in July 2020, which represents 45.4 percent of the labor force in the country.
It can be recalled that when the Spokesperson was asked about his reaction to the SWS survey, he replied, “Magugulat ka ba na nawalan ng trabaho sila e samantalang buwan buwan nang inaabot na naka-lockdown ang ating ekonomiya? Ako po’y nagagalak na hindi tayo 100 percent na nawalan ng trabaho."
Harry added, "Kasi sa tagal po na naka-lockdown tayo, talagang I’m still surprised at our resilience at 45 percent pa lang ang nawawalan ng trabaho. It could have been worse kasi nga po, complete lockdown ang nangyayari sa atin."