May supresang reaksyon si Pangulong Rodrigo Roa Duterte sa positibong column ng ekonomista at GMA 7 host na si Winnie Monsod.
Sa press briefing sa Malacañang ngayong Lunes, ipinasa ni Pangulong Duterte kay Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo ang kanyang mensahe kay Monsod, at ito ay isang malutong na mura.
“Anyway, the President asked me to give his response to this columnist. He said, ‘Tell her, I hate being patronized. FU’” sabi ni Sec. Panelo.
Ayon sa tagapagsalita ng Pangulong Duterte, may mas malalim na dahilan kung bakit daw nagsulat ng positibo si Monsod kay Duterte.
“Aren’t you surprised with that column? Aren’t you surprised this columnist is heaping praise on the President? From the time this President assumed office, she has not said any good word and then suddenly there is praising. There must be some reason. is she laying a predicate?” paliwanag pa ni Secretary Panelo.
Sa column ni Monsod sa pahayagang Inquirer, sinabi ng ekonomista na dapat i-congratulate si Pangulong Duterte dahil sa pagpapababa nito sa antas ng kahirapan sa bansa.
“Not since the Ramos administration has the war on poverty been so effectively pursued; it managed to reduce family and population poverty incidence by 8.8 and 8.3 percentage points respectively between 1994 and 1997… Anyway, congratulations again, Mr. President. May I just remind you that in the Philippine Development Plan 2017-2022, you target the decrease of rural poverty, not just total poverty. May we know how rural poverty fared? And since poverty is a mostly agricultural/rural phenomenon, as shown among others by the very low poverty incidence in the highly urbanized cities, tell us how the war on poverty has also fared in the agriculture sector. Hopefully, then, we can rejoice even more.,” sabi ni Monsod.