Netizens seethe over Aquino’s ‘sacrifice’ message

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Catholic faithful in Binondo and Quiapo walked through the last moments of Jesus’ life to renew their faith on Maundy Thursday. Video by INQUIRER.net’s Ryan Leagogo


MANILA, Philippines—It’s Maundy Thursday but the netizens are not so forgiving.

A flurry of angry reactions from netizens set the social media seething Thursday afternoon following the Lenten message of President Benigno Aquino III urging Filipinos to be willing to make their own sacrifices just like Jesus Christ did.

Netizens did not shy away from talking about Aquino’s speech.

Many believed his message was “adding insult to injury.”

President Benigno Aquino III. FILE PHOTO

On INQUIRER.net’s official Facebook page, netizens expressed their dismay over Aquino’s remarks.

“Sacrifice for what and for whom? How could this be when you see, hear, and observe our elected officials who are very lavish and extravagant in their family lifestyle and live beyond their means? Then they want to tell us to sacrifice? You have not tasted the bitterest of how to be the poorest of the poor,” Pedro Alas Plaza said.

“All ordinary Filipinos have been sacrificing for a long period of time while the government officials are happy enjoying their loot and bonuses,” Nest Reyes said.

“Clearly, this man knows nothing about sacrifice and what most of his people are going through every day,” Arlenkali Fuentes said.

Bong Sullano, in a lengthy Facebook comment said the public has long been sacrificing for lack of energy, inefficient transportation system, lack of infrastructures, unemployment, and corruption in government among others.

“How can this President afford to tell his bosses to sacrifice more than what they are sacrificing now?” Sullano said.

Sammy Faith Asuncion believed that the people made so many sacrifices already citing that “this time around, the government officials should do the sacrifice.”

Another netizen, Benjie Flor Fabio Madulin, said government officials should start to make sacrifice and only then the people would follow.

Vic Eustaquio Plaza, meanwhile, challenged Aquino and other government officials to ride the Metro Rail Transit and the Light Rail Transit to know the real meaning of sacrifice.

Paulino Elverio said the Aquino administration failed to deliver its promise of “Daang Matuwid” (right path).

“You made us believed that in your presidency, the lives of the Filipino people will improve,” Elverio said.

Evan Uy said, “I hope and pray that politicians repent from their sins and do their sacrifices for the welfare of others, especially those who are in need and not the need of their pockets.


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  • Graymatter28

    THEY should sacrifice and that includes sacrificing their interest so his speech is more meaningful to ordinary people.

  • Phipher Filipino

    Before you talk you should walk the talk. Lead by example Mr. President… PLS. STOP SMOKING AND DRINKING… JESUS IS NOT SMOKING AND DRINKING! How can you expect your pleading will be complied if the public knows your vice?

  • Tamarindwalk

    Let Pee Pee Noy and his rich relatives, who have been living off the fat of the land, make the first sacrifices. The rest of us are fed up! His mamma ran a lousy government and he isn’t doing much better!

  • Entitledako

    Netizens, myself included, tend to abuse these new liberties along with their new gadgets. I believe a lot are just quiet on the side and are not blind as to what this administration has done to improve the economy. The same economy that provides them the means to buy gadgets that give them access to social media.

    My opioid is that I would rather have this government award the infrastructure contracts than the next one. This government is not perfect but is the best in these times.

    • Tamarindwalk

      This government has no political will to do the uncomfortable and unpopular things that need to be done to improve infrastructure.

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