Former sexy star Keanna Reeves, real name Janet Derecho Duterte, railed against Hashtags’ Nikko Natividad for his comments on corruption allegations in Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth).
Following news of the scandal involving billions of pesos worth of stolen funds, the boy group member quipped in a tweet on Wednesday, Aug. 5, that he should apply to become a PhilHealth official to reach his dreams.
“Ayoko na pala mag artista, mabagal pera,” he said.
(I don’t want to be an artist anymore, money’s coming in slow.)
“Gusto ko ipagsigawan sa mundo na napaka corrupt ng bansang sinilangan ko. [I’m] so proud promise walang halong joke,” he said in another tweet.
(I want to shout to the world that my country is so corrupt. I’m so proud of it, no joke.)
Reeves, a known supporter of the Duterte administration, reacted to Natividad through a Facebook post on Friday, Aug. 7.
“Hindi ako galit sa mga artista ha, ang CUTE lang kasi ng mga post nila kaya di ko maiwasan hindi makareact!” Reeves said.
(I am not mad at celebrities, their posts are just cute so I can’t help but react!)
She agreed with Natividad’s sentiments that PhilHealth should be held accountable, noting that it has had issues from long before but is only in focus now.
The “Pinoy Big Brother” alum claimed that Natividad’s post had some “problems” as she appeared to miss his sarcasm and took personal jabs at him.
“1.) Sabi mo, ayaw muna mag artista, mag apply ka [na lang] na official ng PhilHealth?” she said. “[‘Di ba] nung sumali ka sa contest ng [‘Showtime’], waiter trabaho mo nun, e head waiter nga hindi ka napromote???”
(You said that you don’t want to be an artist anymore, that you would apply as a PhilHealth official? When you joined a contest on “It’s Showtime” you were a waiter. You didn’t even reach the head waiter level.)
“2.) [‘Yang] sabi mo, proud na proud ka kasi corrupt ang Bansa mo!” she said. “Well, ikaw una nakakaalam nun baka nasa paligid mo lang, kasi kami hindi naman kami proud!!!”
(You said you are very proud that your country is corrupt! Well, you were the first one to know it, maybe it is in your surroundings, because we are not proud!!!)
She also argued that the alleged cases of corruption were exposed during a pandemic because there were fewer cases in the past.
“Kaya kahit papanu, may maganda [pa ring] naidulot [sa ‘tin] ang pandemya kasi dito natin napatunayan kung sino ang totoong Filipino, sa ISIP sa SALITA at sa GAWA!!!” Reeves concluded.
(Anyhow, the pandemic has brought something good to us as it showed who are true Filipinos in MIND, WORDS and ACTION.)
After getting flak from administration supporters, Natividad clarified his comments on Tuesday, stating in comments on Instagram: “Sinabe ko bang president tinutukoy ko? Kung updated kayo sa [nangyayari] sa bansa dapat alam [n’yo ‘to].”
(Did I say I was referring to the president? If you are updated with what is happening in the country you should know.)
“[Sa akin] pa galit [‘yong] mga tao. Kesa sa mga nagnakaw na opisyales,” he added.
(People are angry at me rather than the officials who stole.) NVG