Toronto Public Health’s vice-chair responds to backlash over Sun column about COVID-19, says her only aim was to ‘promote discourse’ and not ‘sway public opinion’
With a heavy heart, Tarlac Rep. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo (r.’18) responded to the backlash and criticism against her late brother, former President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. In a column published yesterday in the Filipino Times, Dikoy Bautista, a prominent columnist, published a column that accused her of being part of an “entourage” of Senator Antonio Trillanes IV (I) (r.’64). He described her as a “conspiracy theorist” and said the Duterte administration’s response on Coronavirus was “tepid.”
In this column, Arroyo responded bluntly to Trillanes’ criticism. She asserted that the only reason she responded was to “promote discourse” and not to “sway public opinion.”
“If you had a serious conversation with my only aim was your own personal gratification (sic) then you would not be a ‘conspiracy theorist’ and you would not have written an article with a title like ‘Marcos, Arroyo and the Conspiracy,’” she said in a column published yesterday.
“If you want to have a meaningful discourse with me, I would love to have a robust and open dialogue with you,” she added, in response to Trillanes’ remarks.
In today’s edition of the Philippine Daily Inquirer, Metro Manila city mayor Rodrigo Duterte and Health Secretary Francisco Duque III called for people to unite during difficult periods and said the government should “do everything necessary to ensure the availability of adequate and safe medical supplies.”
‘I do not see any difference’
This afternoon, Bautista published an apology in his column, saying that Arroyo had nothing to do with Coronavirus