MALACAÑANG yesterday took calmly movie actress Agot Isidro’s social media criticisms of President Rodrigo Duterte whom she branded “a psychopath.”
Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said that while the actress was entitled to her own opinion, “we need to really hear what the President is calling Filipinos to do, which is be free from dependence on foreign aid, which is what the lady is fearful we will lose.”
“The President is calling for Filipinos to be truly independent economically and mentally and psychologically,” Abella said.
Earlier Isidro trended on Twitter for her strongly worded remarks against the President.
On Friday, Isidro took to Facebook to criticize Duterte for his expletive-laced tirades against the United States and international bodies and for belittling as “crumbs” the foreign aid that the country had been receiving.
“Unang-una, walang umaaway sa iyo. As a matter of fact, ikaw ang nang-aaway. Pangalawa, ‘yung bansa kung saan ka iniluklok ng 16 million out of 100+ million people ay Third World. Kung makapagsalita ka parang superpower ang Pilipinas eh,” Isidro wrote. “At excuse me, ayaw namin magutom. Mag-isa ka na lang. ’Wag kang mandamay. Hindi na nga nakakain ang nakakain ang nakararami, gugutumin mo pa lalo.”
Angered by what he perceived as interference from the US, EU and the United Nations in his war on drugs, Duterte had made it clear the Philippines would not be subservient to anyone and would pursue an independent foreign policy.
“If you think it is high time for you guys to withdraw your assistance, go ahead…We will not beg for it. We have a problem here trying to preserve our society,” the President said.