Filipina doctor on Agot Isidro and rising above third world mentality

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Filipina doctor on rising above third world mentality – ExpatMedia.Net exclusive

 

DUBAI – “I will still be going to UP (University of the Philippines) for the indigenous people march. Are we going to finish this in one go or can we finish this tomorrow?”

Fifteen more minutes, this writer tells her. ExpatMedia.Net is talking to Manila-based doctor Lorraine Marie Badoy, author of the viral Facebook post in response to actress Agot Isidro.

Badoy said that Isidro’s recent remarks touched a raw nerve. “It was real painful to read what she had written. It was all I could think of. It would not let me go—the pain I felt at the way [Agot] Isidro talked about our country,” Badoy told ExpatMedia.Net on Friday (October 14).

Isidro had published scathing remarks describing Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte as a “psychopath” for putting what she described as “third world” Philippines in a war path with countries offering foreign aid. Duterte has been pushing for increased independence in the Philippines’ foreign policy.



Badoy, in response, described Isidro as a “poster child” of “colonial beggar mentality”, saying that it was “patently tragic” to have people like Isidro who “loves her oppressors” and shoots down a “president who thinks too highly of the Filipino people”.

“The call of the president to imagine ourselves better than what we’ve become—a nation of beggars with arms always outstretched asking for crumbs to be thrown her way—is not foolhardy and stupid. It is, in fact, of great pragmatic value to our country to now take on the cloak of self-determination–as we should have done a very long time ago. Because we have paid through our nose with this colonial beggar mentality that you’ve become the poster child of,” Badoy wrote on social media.

The post has been widely circulated on Facebook, where it has been shared nearly 5,000 times as of Friday (October 14).

“That post wasn’t to defend the president as much as it was to defend my country from her sorry view of it,” Badoy told ExpatMedia.Net, adding that embracing a “third world” mentality was not going to take the country anywhere. “We’ve been treated like second class citizens all over the world, and worst of all, even in our country,” she said.

Celebrities must use their influence for a good cause, she said. “I thought that having a celebrity saying this was even more dangerous, so I had to write my thoughts,” she said.

All for a good cause

Badoy, a doctor who does social work on her free time, is no stranger to good causes herself. Her father, Anacleto Badoy Jr, retired from service as judge of the special court Sandiganbayan “with spotless record in public service”. He had worked on the case to put former president Joseph “Erap” Estrada behind bars.

“He was incorruptible and he served the public he vowed to serve—well and faithfully… He set the bar for me where public service is concerned,” Badoy said.

For her part, Badoy splits her time between private medical practice and doing public service. “I have, for over 10 years now, taught family planning in the slums and I provide contraception, like pills and condom,” she said. She was also a volunteer doctor in Samar and Leyte when typhoon Yolanda (internationally known as Haiyan) hit.

“I saw just how horrible it was there and have gone back every 3 to 4 months. I am currently helping rebuild the Binaloan Elementary School in eastern Samar. It started with just rebuilding their library but grew into rebuilding the whole school,” she said.

‘No president quite like him’

Badoy finds herself connecting with Duterte’s passion for helping the poor. “I have lived through a number of presidents—Marcos all the way to Duterte, and there has been no president quite like him where the poor is concerned,” she said.

Does she know why Duterte is being heavily criticised for his war on drugs and verbal tirades? “He has made very powerful enemies: The ruling elite, Catholic hierarchy, drug lords, media moguls. All of them will benefit with him gone,” she said.

Is Duterte the right kind of leader for the Philippines right now? “I think this president will be great for this country. We have, at the helm, someone who hates the oppression of the little guy. He protects the lumad (indigenous people), our farmers, our fisherfolks,” she said.

How hopeful is she that the Philippines can rise above its economic challenges and elevate its status in the world?

“I am hopeful in ways I have never been,” she replied.

 

Also read: Change in Philippine governance undeniable, says woman behind viral Duterte post

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