Netizens React To Viral “Middle Class Open Letter to the Poorest of the Poor”
MIDDLE CLASS OPEN LETTER – A “middle class letter to the poorest of the poor” in the Philippines went viral and elicited mixed comments.
The Philippines is currently on a battle against the spread of the COVID-19, a pandemic that led to the locking down of several nations. Across the globe, over 1.4 million people were infected by the disease and more than 81,000 died of it.
In PH, there is now a total of 3,764 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the country. The death toll is at 177 while the 84 patients have recovered.
The national government implemented an enhanced community quarantine in the entire Luzon to curb the spread of the disease. Provinces in Visayas and Mindanao also adapted the same.
The people understand that the move is for the safety of everyone. However, some households have a huge problem – on where to get money for their needs while the working member of the family cannot go to work.
To help the people, the government released some funds for the social amelioration program. It targets the “poorest of the poor”. Some have already obtained the government assistance and are thankful while others say the amount cannot cope with their needs.
Amid the different reactions on the situation in PH now, a middle class open letter to the poorest of the poor went viral on social media. It gained different reactions from the netizens.
A netizen, Jun Capariño, shared this “middle class open letter to the poorest of the poor” on his Facebook account. As of this writing, it has already reached around 25,000 shares on the online platform.
In the said letter, the middle class author stressed that he is working hard to give his family a good life but he is also one of those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. He has to stop from reporting to work.
Along with the letter are photos of the people allegedly spotted on the road amid the stay-at-home request of the government. The author said that the government is helping the people but these people are not helping the government in return.
“You are the ones who are seen on the road like there is no pandemic, when they say to stay at home, you are the ones who are angry. You are the ones drinking outside but can’t buy rice… You are the ones hoping for help but never thought of looking for a job. You are the ones… that don’t even have work anymore, they still get vices,” the letter reads.
In the said viral middle class open letter to the poorest of the poor, it is also stated that middle class people are the submissive ones, the ones who get bored staying at home, and the ones who are waiting for the pandemic to end.
The middle class is hoping that the recipients of the aid from the government will use the money wisely. The author is also hoping that the recipients of the cash assistance will follow the call of the government.
The viral middle class open letter to the poorest of the poor gained different reactions from the netizens. Here are the comments to the Facebook post: