Actress and philanthropist Angel Locsin on Tuesday, March 30, reminded President Rodrigo Duterte to present "concrete solutions", not "emotions", in addressing the nation regarding the coronavirus pandemic.
This after Duterte, in his March 29 address, mentioned wanting to cry but he was out of tears as he addressed the record-high surge of COVID-19 cases in the country.
“Gusto ko na nga umiyak sa harap ninyo pero naubos na ang luha ko. Hay, buhay. Kung alam lang ninyo… Para akong dumadaan ng purgatory ngayon, at this time,” Duterte said.
“With all due respect to your feelings for our countrymen, sir, it’s concrete solutions not emotions that we need to hear from you right now," Angel wrote in her Instagram Stories.
“Millions of Filipinos wait for you to address the nation. I know your time is precious, but so is ours. Especially now that every step matters," she said.
“You can rant and share with your closest friends but not when addressing the nation. Thank you very much, sir. Please stay safe," she added.
The country recorded 9,296 additional COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, March 31, bringing the overall tally to 741,181, with deaths at 13,191, one of the highest caseloads in Asia.
The surge in COVID-19 infections in the country has prompted the government to place Metro Manila and 4 neighboring provinces (Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal) under enhanced community quarantine—the strictest lockdown classification—until April 4, subject to further review.
Angel, 35, has been a vocal critic of the government's response to the COVID-19 crisis. Just recently, she slammed Duterte for his remark that seemed to belittle the pandemic which has been affecting the country for more than a year already.