MANILA – Cherry Pie Picache came to the defense of her friend, Agot Isidro, who drew mixed reactions from netizens over the weekend for her opinion on the recent tirades of President Rodrigo Duterte against the United States and the European Union.
Picache expressed her support for Isidro at an event at the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines on Monday.
“I know that you’re aware that recently, a colleague of mine na si Ms. Agot Isidro went viral because of her message and her opinion and her stand. Gusto ko rin pong sabihin na nakikiisa ako,” Picache said.
“Artista po kami. Nasa arts and culture kami pero may utak po kami at paninindigan at prinsipyo,” she added.
The two actresses worked together on the drama series "Tayong Dalawa."
In a Facebook post on Friday that has since become viral, Isidro called Duterte a "psychopath."
“Unang-una, walang umaaway sa iyo. As a matter of fact, ikaw ang nang-aaway. Pangalawa, yung bansa Kung saan ka inuluklok ng 16 million out of 100+ million people ay Third World. Kung makapagsalita ka parang superpower and pilipinas eh. At excuse me, ayaw namin magutom. Mag-isa ka na Lang. wag kang mandamay. Hindi na nga nakakain ang nakararami, gugutumin mo pa lalo,” she wrote.
The actress also wrote: “May kilala along psychiatrist. Patingin ka. Hindi ka bipolar. You are a psychopath.”
Isidro was reacting to Duterte’s earlier pronouncement that he would rather die of hunger than accept aid from superpowers that wish to meddle in his war against illegal drugs.
Duterte said Philippines "will survive" even sans aid from traditional allies, the US and EU, which are among the country's major sources of official development assistance.
While some netizens supported Isidro for expressing her thoughts, others lambasted the actress because of her post.
Meanwhile, according to the Philippine Daily Inquirer, Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said that while the actress was entitled to her own opinion, “we need to really hear what the President is calling Filipinos to do, which is be free from dependence on foreign aid, which is what the lady is fearful we will lose.”