Vice Ganda on spotting false public servants: ‘Yung yumaman habang nakaupo’
Vice Ganda offered his own definition of a “true public servant,” at the same time stressing that those who gain a fortune during their terms as officials do not belong in public service.
The comedian talked about the qualities he wants to see in public servants while saluting a frontline worker contestant during the “Reina ng Tahanan” segment of “It’s Showtime” yesterday, Oct. 12. For the contestant, Yolanda Magat, her job as a medical worker is her mission despite not earning much from it.
“You are the true public servant because a true public servant is selfless,” Vice told Magat. “Serbisyo publiko. Kinakalimutan niya ang sarili niya dahil iyong pinagsiserbisyuhan niya muna bago siya. Iyon ’yung totoong public servant.”
(Public service. She sets aside her needs because the people she serves come first. That is a true public servant.)
Vice’s co-host Vhong Navarro then pointed out to the show’s audience that medical workers often get allowances only and do not earn fixed salaries. The comedian agreed, adding that some medical workers do not get their allowances at all.
“’Yung mga totoong public servants, hindi sila yumayaman at hindi sila nagpapayaman. ’Yung mga yumaman habang nakaupo, hindi sila totoong public servants,” Vice said.
(True public servants don’t get rich and they don’t try to be rich. Those who get rich while in positions of power are not true public servants.)
“Ginamit lang nila ang posisyon para mabigyan nila ng sariling pag-angat ang kanilang mga pamilya at nagpagamit din tayo sa mga ’yan,” he added. (They are only using their positions to raise the status of their families and we were used by those people.)
Vice Ganda has been vocal in calling out corruption in government agencies during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. He earlier criticized “thieves” from the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. for allegedly pocketing P15 billion from the state-run health insurance agency last year.
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