Netizens dare officials: Dengvaxia shot for Persida, rice planting for Cynthia
MANILA, Philippines – So, who's next?
On Friday, October 11, netizens had much to say about Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo's morning commute, which he undertook after progressive groups like Anakbayan had called on government officials to try experiencing Metro Manila's woeful public transport system.
Panelo, in particular, had even denied that there was a mass transport crisis prior to the challenge, but his commute from Marikina to Malacañang had taken 4 hours and 4 vehicle transfers. Netizens weren't impressed by the effort, however, saying that he still hadn't experienced the real commuter's struggle since he had enjoyed special treatment.
As a jab to the whole "challenge" concept, some Filipinos also took to social media to dare other government officials with challenges – ones suited to the respective controversies surrounding them.
Senator Cynthia Villar was recently under fire for criticizing the Department of Agriculture, saying they were spending too much of their time and budget on research. She has also earned the ire of local farmers for being a proponent of the Rice Tariffication Law, which has led to plummeting rice prices.
Netizens thus challenged her to plant rice and do research:
Oh #CynthiaVillar! Do the tanim palay challenge naman! Tapos bayaran ka namin 7 pesos per kilo! Labet— Chenez Veneracion (@ukkininam) October 11, 2019
magtanim ng palay challenge naman daw para kay Cynthia— Ferge (@Suaberoneee) October 11, 2019
dapat magset muna ng rules para masimulate ang experience
• walang puhunan
• walang lupa
• walang malaking machinery
• walang matinong buyer (mga buyer ang nagdedecide sa presyo imbis na ang magsasaka)
ang next challenge, pagawain si cynthia villar ng research. sa bobo niyang yun baka definition of terms lang maipasa niya charot— Not Dra Margie Holmes (@scorsaguin) October 11, 2019
After ni Panelo: Cynthia Villar Research Paper Challenge.— Kent Michael Hansen (@TheKentHansen) October 11, 2019
Public Attorney Office (PAO) Chief Persida Acosta is often used as the face behind the current immunization crisis. In the aftermath of the Dengvaxia scandal, she is usually blamed for the various outbreaks of disease that have occurred due to Filipinos' fear of vaccination – from dengue, to measles, and even polio.
Netizens, then, would like her to get pricked by a needle, too.
Turukan ng dengvaxia si Persida Acosta challenge naman.— Chino Cruz (@ChinoCruise) October 11, 2019
Next challenge naman, turukan ng dengue si Acosta— . (@hoseokflowprint) October 11, 2019
Here are other challenges posed on public officials, both specific and general:
panelo said yes, now, let’s challenge the marcoses to give back the millions they stole hakhak— 龙 (@angstymarq) October 11, 2019
Since sinimulan naman na ni Panelo, can we also challenge government officials to be admitted in public hospitals?— Sean Ingusan (@seaningusan) October 11, 2019
And our next challengers after Panelo,— (@ceegreeen14) October 11, 2019
- Cynthia Villar for Corn Research Challenge.
- Celine Pialago for Barurot Challenge.
Catch'em @ Extra Challenge. Hosted by @IamEthylGabison
"AYUSIN MO TRABAHO MO" CHALLENGE NAMAN!— Extra Rai (@ryansulit) October 11, 2019
Pagkatapos ni Sal Panelo, si Celine Pialago at Grace Poe naman ang mag-commute.— Tacio (@tacioDelinquent) October 10, 2019
Si Cynthia Villar naman ang challenge ay isang buong cropping season - from planting to post-harvest.
Next Challenge: Mag-isip si Mocha Uson.— Jai Cabajardashian (@jaicabajar) October 11, 2019
May nag sabi kay Panelo Tokhang challenge naman daw.— Gabrielle (@Gabgrielle) October 11, 2019
Wag naman si Panelo.
Si Bato na lang.
Tataniman s’ya ng shabu sa bulsa sabay kakaladkarin sa kalsada. Next .. alam na ng PNP yun.
What challenges would you pose to government officials? Or do you think the "challenge" mentality is problematic in the first place? Sound off in the comments section! – Rappler.com