PRRD’s reaction to Monsod’s praise: ‘F*** you!’

PRRD’s reaction to Monsod’s praise: ‘F*** you!’

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte just got some good words from an unlikely person- one of his critics.
Philippine Daily Inquirer (PDI) columnist, former socioeconomic planning secretary, and known Liberal Party supporter was in the bad side of the bed of the President when it wrote in her column congratulating him for an advancement in the government’s poverty reduction efforts.

Presidential Legal Adviser and Presidential Spokesperson Atty. Salvador Panelo said it was a big surprise when Monsod wrote something favorable as regards the President, because she “has not said any good word” about him.

University of the Philippines professor emerita and economist Solita Monsod
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“The President asked me to give his response to this columnist. He said: ‘Tell her, I hate being patronized! F*** you!’”

When asked for a reaction, Monsod declined to give one.

Why the change of mood?

Panelo, worries with Monsod’d motives in writing the said article.
“Aren’t you surprised with that column? I’m asking: Aren’t you surprised suddenly this columnist is praising, is heaping praise on the President?” he said.

He said Monsod “has not said any good word and then suddenly there is praising.”

“There must be some reason. Is she laying a predicate?” Panelo asked.

Monsod’s article

In PDI, the article was titled “What the latest poverty data tell us.”
Monsod hailed the decrease in poverty incidence.
Citing the 2018 Family Income and Expenditures Survey, Monsod said the percentage of families below the poverty line fell from 17.9 percent to 12.1 percent while the percentage of the population who were poor fell from 23.3 percent to 16.6 percent.

“The Duterte administration must be congratulated,” she said.

“Not since the Ramos administration has the war on poverty been so effectively pursued; it managed to reduce family and population poverty incidence by 8.8 and 8.3 percentage points respectively between 1994 and 1997,” University of the Philippines professor emerita and economist added.

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