Joy Belmonte asked: What did you learn from bashers during virus crisis?

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Posted at May 18 2020 04:34 PM | Updated as of May 18 2020 04:35 PM

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Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte said Monday that critics of her leadership during the coronavirus crisis made her "stronger" and "a better leader. 

"Kailangan talagang matigas ka at malakas na tao ka," the first-term mayor told ABS-CBN'S Karen Davila. 

(You need to be tough and strong.)

"Kahit anong mangyari, tingin ko makakayanan ko na kasi may COVID na, binabatikos ka pa, mayroon ka pang political enemies na umaatake sa 'yo yet naabot natin 'tong punto na ito na tuloy-tuloy pa rin tayo," she added. 

(I think I can get through anything because I am still here, even if there's COVID, even if I'm criticized, even if my enemies attack me.)

Watch a portion of the interview here. 

ANC, May 18, 2020