Twitter reacts to Harry Roque’s “45% pa lang ang walang trabaho” comment

Another explosion on Twitter has occurred, this time due to a controversial statement made by Harry Roque today on the SWS survey on adult joblessness. He says, and I quote, “Ako po’y nagagalak na hindi tayo 100% nawalan ng trabaho kasi sa tagal po naglolockdown tayo, I’m still surprised at our resilience, at 45% pa lang po ang nawawalan ng trabaho.”

This sparked anger on social media, specifically Twitter, with people quoting the tweet and angrily reacting to it. People have pointed out his flippant use of the word “pa lang” and have also stressed that 45% of people is nearly half the population. When it comes down to numbers, some Twitter users have pegged this 45% to 20 million people or so as jobless and without a source of income during the lockdown.

Many want to remind Roque that these percentages are not just numbers, but real people who have resorted to begging on the streets. Jeepney drivers, construction workers, and all kinds of people have lost their livelihoods due to the pandemic.

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