Elizabeth Oropesa, Cherry Pie Picache dig in
On October 7, former singer and now actress Agot Isidro posted on Facebook slamming President Rodrigo and directly calling him a “psychopath.” It was obviously her most adverse reactions to the President’s strong words against the US and EU (European Union) that the Philippines does not need aid from them, that we are not mendicant, that we can live on our own.
“First of all, no one’s quarrelling with you. As a matter of fact, it’s you who’s starting a fight. Secondly, the country where you’ve been voted by 16 million out of 100 million plus people is Third World. If you talk, as if the Philippines is a superpower. Excuse me, we don’t want to go hungry. Be alone [in this fight], don’t include us. Most have nothing to eat, you make them hungry furthermore. Thirdly, I know a psychiatrist. Get an examination. You are not bipolar. You are a psychopath,” Isidro said in her post in mixed English and Filipino.
Duterte supporters were quick to react, same with members of the group that Isidro supported during the elections, the Liberal Party.
One of those who reacted strongly on Sunday was De La Salle University political science professor and The Manila Times columnist Antonio Contreras. He posted on Facebook as well:
“Agot Isidro should be ashamed of herself. What she said is precisely what happens when you become mendicant. You think heavens will fall and we will all get hungry just because the US and the EU are pissed off. Let me educate you Ms. Isidro. International relations is not as simple as you think it is. Countries do not behave like the soap opera characters you play where a bitchiness of one leads to a catfight, or a fistfight.”
Actress Elizabeth Oropesa (Jacqueline Elizabeth Freeman) posted a photo on Sunday, wearing a t-shirt bearing the writings, “IT’S A DUTERTE THING YOU WOULDN’T UNDERSTAND” and captioned it “One of the 16 million psychopaths.”
Meanwhile, fellow actress Cherrie Pie Picache reportedly expressed support for Isidro on occasion of the World Day Against Death Penalty.
“A colleague of mine, Agot Isidro, went viral because of her message, her opinion and her stand. I want to say that I’m one with her. We’re artists, we’re in arts and culture, but we have our own minds, conviction and principles,” she said.
Some netizens though have pointed out that Isidro publicly said she herself sought psychiatric help years ago.
A pep.ph report has quoted one Jooyce Buenacosa saying, “One that has been seeking help of a psychiatrist doesn’t have the license to diagnose one.”
Another netizen , James Arom Mangun, is more broad-minded, “First of all the economy isn’t dependent on the few cents the Americans throw,” he said in reaction to Contreras’ post. He continued, “Even better, we can educate her [Isidro] and open her eyes. Shaming her isn’t gonna help really.”
Victoria Ferro, on the other hand, declared, “Agot is a friend but I agree with you [Contreras].” ARLO CUSTODIO