COVID-19: Exposing two types of Filipinos

It's time to divide the house between optimists and negatives. What type do you want to be identified with? Your choice!

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought out the best and worst out in the Filipino people. We have witnessed the generosity of private sector leaders and private individuals in terms of their time, talent, and resources to help those in need. We experience the inability of some leaders to develop responsive policies, fairly implement health protocols, and imbibe responsibility and accountability from our people. In this time of great need, we realize the people whom we can rely on as against those who neglect our pleas and cries for help. 

Today's battlefields are in the hospitals, quarantine facilities and clinics where medical professionals try to save as many lives as they can despite the overwhelming number of patients waiting to be treated for moderate to critical cases of COVID-19. With hardly enough sleep and sufficient rest, doctors and nurses are entrusted to save lives while experiencing the heartbreak of listening to stories of goodbye among family members. The jobs that they're doing are physically, emotionally, and spiritually draining. Unfortunately, many clueless and toxic people claim that doctors are making money out of this pandemic. Despite constant calls, policy makers often pay lip service and offer token increases in pay to merely appease the frustrations of nurses. These medical professionals do not just deserve accolades or tributes. Nurses deserve just compensation. Doctors deserve the respect and recognition from society.

There is another senseless battle going on in the virtual world. Amid the pandemic, the senseless political bickering between the DDS and Dilawans continue to dominate our social media space. It is the pointless fabrication of conspiracy theories and propagation of fake news that has polluted our Facebook and Twitter feeds, instead of calls for prayer and support to the victims of COVID-19. Many purported social media influencers continue to instigate anger and promote non-medical solutions without the sufficient expertise to talk about these things. Worse, some government officials have the gall to use the pandemic to advance their political interests for 2022 through non-sense interviews and absurd television advertisements. Ask Mr. Undersecretary "Si Lugaw vs Ang Lugaw" or Mr "10K Ayuda Bill." 

A crisis indeed brings out the best and worst in people. Much more, it reveals the character and personality of different types of people.

It is time to re-evaluate your network within the social media landscape.

If some friends and acquaintances have nothing but toxicity to offer, click the unfriend or unfollow button. No need for a public announcement. Just do it and don't be too self-important.  

If some friends reveal they have contracted the virus, offer prayers and support. Do not backstab or gossip their cases to others as a pastime to a boring life. Be considerate.

If you feel social media has become too toxic and stressful, deactivate your account and pay attention to the family that you're around with at home. Be appreciative that you still physically have them as some are not as blessed as you are due to COVID-19.


It's time to divide the house between optimists and negatives. What type do you want to be identified with? Your choice!


About the Author
Mr. Aaron Benedict De Leon is currently a Business Development Practitioner in a private consulting firm. He has more than six years of professional experience in leading and managing political and non-government organizations, specializing in organizational management, policy development and program management. He has had stints with notable political/socio-civic organizations, serving in various capacities as: Secretary-General of the Centrist Democratic Party of the Philippines (CDP) [2013-2015], Founding Chairperson of the Centrist Democratic Youth Association of the Philippines (CDYAP) [2012-2014], Philippine Representative to the International Young Democrat Union (IYDU) [2011-2012], Chairperson of the Christian Democratic Youth [2011-2012], Secretary-General of YOUTH Philippines [2010-2011], and Spokesperson/Communications Director of the GT2010 Gilbert Teodoro Presidential Campaign [2009-2010].
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