BEN&BEN's Paolo Guico Hits Back At Critics Over Duque Comment
Ben&Ben's Paolo Guico made headlines these past days. Not just for their newly released gut-wrenching song, but for airing his grievances against the government over its handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. The singer particularly demanded for the resignation of Health Secretary Francisco Duque III which angered some social media users.
"Duque, please resign. Wag mong isisi ang iyong kapalpakan sa mga taong nagbubuwis-buhay para sa bayan. The country badly needs strong leadership in the DOH," he wrote in a tweet last June 5. "After countless chances we've given you, it's crystal clear with the numbers and facts: you have failed us. Please resign."
di rin pwedeng sabihing di binigyan ng respeto ang liderato mo. binigyan ka ng lahat ng respeto dahil pinagkatiwalaan ka eh. sa pag-lead ng DOH sa gitna ng COVID-19 crisis.— Paolo Benjamin (@PaoloBenjamin_) June 5, 2020
pero binigo mo yun. numbers don't lie.ngayon kami naman ang bigyan mo ng respeto.respectfully resign, sir.
A day later, Paolo responded to a comment asking who he was and inciting that he replace Duque if he's that smart. He listed down his credentials—a graduate of BS Industrial Engineering whose thesis was published internationally; helped raised four million pesos for the country's COVID-19 relief efforts in partnership with the Asian Institute of Management's Future Bridging Leaders Program (FBLP); and sings songs with a band.
In a followup tweet, he pointed out that regardless of one's background, "EVERYONE can be of service. EVERYONE should be able to speak freely."
pero brodie, EVERYONE can be of service. EVERYONE should be able to speak freely.— Paolo Benjamin (@PaoloBenjamin_) June 6, 2020
Paolo earlier voiced his displeasure over the controversial Anti-Terror bill in a series of tweets. See them below:
ang aktibismo ay hindi terorismo.#JunkTerrorBillNow— Paolo Benjamin (@PaoloBenjamin_) June 2, 2020
dami pang gustong sabihin— Paolo Benjamin (@PaoloBenjamin_) June 3, 2020
there is a lifetime waiting for us— Paolo Benjamin (@PaoloBenjamin_) June 4, 2020
in a world where we #JUNKTERROBILLNOW