Young actress Liza Soberano has lamented the country’s alleged inability to provide “stimulus” amid the new surge of COVID-19 cases.
Soberano said that her heart bleeds for all the people who cannot afford to go out and work due to the pandemic.
“They literally have to choose between dying of starvation or dying of COVID. Is our country really this poor to not be able to provide stimulus?? Genuine question lang po,” Soberano wrote on Twitter.
The 23-year-old actress related how America has received two rounds of stimulus already, and now waiting on the third. “COVID testing is free, vaccination is free.”
Then Soberano pondered about the support for the poor in the Philippines.
“Madali lang naman po mag stay at home if everyone has food on the table and money to pay the bills,” she cited.
Soberano’s post has immediately received mixed reactions.
One even lectured Soberano not to expect that much from the country.
“You’re comparing our ‘poor’ country to the first world country? lmao. Yes, Liza, our country is too poor to feed every Filipino’s mouth. So, don’t expect that much. I still do appreciate your compassion tho,” the comment read.
Liza replied: “So what do we do? Just sit back and wait for a miracle to happen? Pray that COVID just disappears. I believe God works wonders but I believe that he gives us the instruments to make that happen. Sad thing is the instruments/decision making are not in our hands.”
Then she retweeted a post talking about the point is not to compare financial status but to compare where the funds go and how it was spent.
“We’re not, as you say, as rich as America and no, we’re not expecting every single Filipino to be fed or vaccinated. We just wanna see that at least SOME are getting help,” the netizen’s post read.
Liza declared that she’s not stepping on anybody’s toes and just a tax-payer expressing her “frustration.”
“Hayy I honestly don’t even know if my tweets/ my voice is actually doing anything. We can only pray for compassion now. Good night everyone! God bless all of you. Stay home if you can.”