21 Aug – Slater Young was not amused by presidential spokesperson Harry Roque's recent statement regarding unemployment in the country, after the latter stated that he was glad that only 45 percent of Filipinos have lost their jobs since the pandemic.
As reported on ABS-CBN, the actor, who was among the many angered by Roque's statement, recently tweeted his frustration, writing, "45 [percent]? It could be worse. Oh, 60 [percent]? It could be worse. 80 [percent]??? It could still be worse. "It could be worse" is an excuse. "It could be better" is being accountable."
He also stated that people should stop glorifying Filipino resilience, saying that the most resilient people among his countrymen have it the hardest.
"Nobody wants to have to be resilient. Let's stop romanticising it," he said.
Roque had since responded to the backlash, saying that unemployment is no joke.
"All I want to say is, it could have been worse," he added.
(Photo Source: Slater Young Instagram)