A middle class letter to the poorest of the poor – Use money from government wisely, I worked for it, obey the government & hope you’ll change

An open letter articulating the sentiment of the middle class with regards to the government’s policy of prioritizing the poorest of the poor in the relief goods distribution while the rest are left to fend for themselves.

A certain Facebook netizen named John Mark Villasis complained that while the middle class which he belongs is taxed automatically by the government, he is not automatically entitled to receive financial support from the government. He clarified he is not against the government’s policy per se of prioritizing the poorest of the poor during the crisis since he still has food to eat.

Villasis said he find it sad that while the government is doing its best to help the poorest of the poor, they are not interested to return the favor. For example, the poorest of the poor are the ones violating the stay at home policy of the government like there is no pandemic. And when told to remain in their homes, they are angry.

On one hand, Villasis said that middle class like him appeared to be the most law-abiding citizens. For example, they are the ones observing physical distancing and the most bored inside their houses because they are not used to being idle.

Villasis ended the FB post by urging members of the so-called poorest of the poor to wisely use the financial aid of the government because it came from his hard work. He also wished them to stop feeling sorry because it is indeed pitiful if one does not work very hard. In addition, he also hoped that the poor realizes that the middle class like him have a good life because he works hard for it and achieve it by being lazy.

You may read the original FB post below.

“A middle class letter to the poorest of the poor”

Dear: Poorest of the poor,

Ako ay kasama sa tinatawag na middle class. Nagtatrabaho, nagsisikap para mabigyan ng magandang buhay ang pamilya ko. Kabilang din ako sa apektado sa tigil trabaho na dulot ng covid na to. Kasama sa mga pag naubos na ang leave, wala naring sweldo. Kabilang sa mga nakakaltasan ng gobyerno, pero di kasama sa mga mabibigyan ng sustento. Hindi naman ako nagsesentemyento sa gobyerno na unahin muna kayong mga tinatawag na “poorest of the poor” sa panahong ito. Sabagay sabi nga at least may kinakain pa naman ako 😔.

Nakakalungkot lang isipin na kayong pinipilit ng gobyernong tulungan, kayo pa ang hindi halos tumutulong sa gobyerno. Kayo pa yung mga nakikitang nasa kalsada na parang walang pandemic, na pag pinagsabihang manatili sa bahay kayo pa yung galit. Kayo yung mga nag iinuman sa labas pero walang maipambili ng bigas. Kayo yung mga nag abot abot na ang edad ng mga anak pero di man lang makabili ng gatas. Kayo yung mga umaasa sa tulong pero kahit kelan di naisip maghanap ng trabaho. Kayo yung mga tambay sa kanto na wala na ngang trabaho nakukuha pang magbisyo 🥺

Napag isip isip kong kaming mga “middle class” parang kami pa ang mas masunurin. Kami pa yung mga sumusunod sa physical distancing. Kami yung mga inip na inip na sa loob ng bahay, kami yung mga hindi sanay na maging tambay. Kami yung mas umaasang sana matapos natong lahat. Kami yung kinakailangang bumalik sa trabaho para may makaltasan ng tax 😩

Kung mababasa mo ito my “poorest of the poor” sana malaman mong umaasa ako na isang “middle class” na gamitin mo sa tama yung matatanggap mong ayuda. Yan kasi yung galing sa pawis kong halos sa trabaho na tumira. Sana tigilan mong kaawaan ang sarili mo, nakakaawa talaga kung hindi ka magbabanat ng buto. Sana maisip mong hindi ko kasalanan kung may maganda akong buhay, pinaghirapan ko yan at hindi yan nakuha sa isang pitik lamang. Sana sumunod ka sa gobyerno. Sana rin ikaw ay magbago. Habang may covid manatili ka sa iyong bahay at Huwag mo sanang hayaang maging mahirap ka habambuhay.

Umaasa,

Middle Class
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