‘Tao lang po’ : Lani Mercado sorry for ‘COVID-14’ mistake

‘Tao lang po’ : Lani Mercado sorry for ‘COVID-14’ mistake

The Bacoor mayor has now made it public hat she was wrong after all.

Bacoor Mayor Lani Mercado apologized for her slip-up when she called the novel coronavirus 2019 disease(COVID-19) as “COVID-14” that has since became viral.

Mercado said her apology in a Facebook Live video posted by her husband, Senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla, on her birthday yesterday, April 13.

Bacoor Mayor Lani Mercado when she referred to the novel coronavirus  disease as "COVID-14."

“Sa mga natuwa sa aking pagkakamali, ‘labanin ang COVID-14,’ sorry po talaga… Madami talagang iniisip pero sorry po sa mga nagalit, ‘wag na tayong magalit, tapos na ang Mahal na Araw,” she said. “Bawal magkamali pala ang alcalde. Tao lang po, pasensya na.”

(To those who were amused by my mistake “Let’s fight COVID-14,” I’m so sorry… [I was] thinking of a lot of things but sorry to those who got angry, don’t be angry, Holy Week just ended. Mayors apparently aren’t allowed to make mistakes. I’m only human, sorry.)

“Pero ginagawa talaga natin lahat na magagawa para malampasan natin ang mga pagsubok na ‘to. We all pray na sana mahanap na talaga ‘yong lunas ng COVID-19,” Mercado said.

(But we are doing all we can to get through these challenges. We all pray that a cure will be found for COVID-19.)

The Senator  defended his wife: “Alam n’yo sa panahon na ‘to, talagang minsan hindi mo na alam ang gagawin mo para sa mga kababayan mo dahil kahit anong gawin mo, may pula’t may pula pa rin.”

(You know in this time, sometimes you do not know what to do for your constituents because whatever you do, there will always be criticism.)

“Pero ang importante ay gawin mo ano ang dapat para sa kanila. Sabi nga ni Mayora, nagkamali siya COVID-14, medyo nadulas lang siya no’n, nagkamali, nobody’s perfect. Lahat naman tayo nagkakamali,” he said.

(But what is important is you do what you should for them. As what Mayor said, she made a mistake with COVID-14, she slipped up, made a mistake, nobody’s perfect. All of us make mistakes.)

“Napaligaya naman niya ‘yong ibang tao. ‘Yon nga lang, naging katawa-tawa. Pero it’s OK,” he added.

(She brought joy to other people. The thing is, it was comical. But it’s OK.)

“I’m OK, I’m happy. Masaya po ako kahit binabash (I’m happy even if I get bashed),” Mercado said in the background.

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