Would the Opposition “thought leaders” currently screeching “UNFAIR!” be happy under such a scenario? Is a senior member of the Cabinet subject to the same prioritisation that ordinary Filipinos are? Think of it for a moment. If senior national government officials are to be placed in tents outside of hospitals come the time that they will be requiring treatment for COVID, what would that say about the Philippines as a society?
It seems the Opposition — particularly the Yellowtards (partisans rabidly loyal to the Aquino-Cojuangco clan) who presume to “lead” them — don’t really know what they are talking about in turning presidential spokesman Harry Roque’s admission into hospital (supposedly jumping the queue for COVID-19-related admissions) into this week’s outrage fad. Then again, this is, after all, a partisan bloc enamored to the idea of top politicians and government officials directing traffic in the rain, proclaiming the dumb notion that “the people” are their “boss”, and walking around in tsinelas. What they seem to conveniently forget is top government officials by the very nature of their responsibilities and duties need to be given priority medical care.
If critics are going to demand “fairness” then they should demand that presidents live in squatter shacks, top officials not work in airconditioned offices and be chauffeured around in nice cars, that they eat pagpag, and take public transport to work everyday. They should also demand that every one of them queue for medical care in their respective barangay health clinics. Fair, right? Communists would certainly agree in theory although their practice of said theory has been revealed by history to be severely wanting.
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One wonders then how the Yellowtards would position themselves if their idol “vice president” Leni Robredo got sick and required intensive medical care. Would they be happy to see her queued up for hospital care in a tent in the same way they demand of Roque? One wonders whether shills who are all shrill because the subject of their screeching is Roque would be as shrill, judgmental, and vindictive if it was Robredo who finds herself partaking of what a “vice president” is entitled in the scheme of medical attention priorities.
It is likely that the powers-that-be who have connections in the health care industry will likely scramble all over one another to offer dispensations to Robredo in such an event. It is also likely that the Yellowtards will gush over the “generosity” of these would-be gentlemen coming to the aid of a top damsel in distress and probably get the thousands of retweets and “likes” they covet when expressing this gushing on their social media timelines.
The question then extends to those who will likely offer a chi chi hospital bed and suite to Robredo in such a scenario. That would effectively take some of the accountability for jumping the queue off Robredo’s person and office. But it would also highlight how the same power in the private sector to broker favours with the Yellowtards by giving her that hypothetical hospital bed very much also comes at a cost to ordinary Filipinos queued for the same service.
See, there is no sidestepping the fact that top government officials will get preferred treatment and higher priority over ordinary citizens — much the same way as any other VIP will, specially in Philippine society. This will happen whether they like it or not (and they will be damned whether they partake or decline). For their part, Filipinos should reflect on how the treatment of a top official reflects on the sort of society they constitute. Filipinos are a people, after all, who see no qualms about treating their clergy like royalty (considering these are people who took vows of poverty and humility). They should, at least, be consistent about what they wax “outrage” over.
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