May mensahe ang anak ni dating Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial na si Karl kay Senator Manny Pacquiao at sa reaksyon nito ukol sa pagkaka-reject ng kanyang ina sa Commission on Appointments.
Sa confirmation hearing ng CA kay Ubial, inungkat ni Pacquiao ang ilang social media posts ni Karl.
Isa dito ay tungkol sa reaksyon ni Pacquiao sa Marcos burial.
“’Only God can judge Marcos.’ Supports judgment through death penalty,” ani Karl sa kanyang Facebook post.
Ipinakita pa ni Pacquiao sa hearing ang pag-ungkat ni Karl sa plagiarism issue ni Senator Tito Sotto.
“Well, yeah. Coming from the Senate expert on speech-reading from other people and claiming it as his,” ani Karl.
Ayon kay Pacquiao, masama umano ang ginagawa ni Karl sa pagbatikos sa mga government officials bilang anak ng isang Cabinet member.
“Siguro pagsabihan natin si Karl na you’re doing your job in the DOH, tapos may mga comment na masama doon sa ibang lider ng bansa, especially sa administration. Pangit naman,” ani Pacquiao.
Ayon naman kay Ubial, napag-usapan na nila ito ng kanyang anak at willing na mag-public apology.
‘I will not apologize for being a Filipino’
Sa kanyang Facebook post, humingi ng paumanhin si Karl kay Pacquiao dahil sa pagiging ‘too young’ at ‘too brash’.
Subalit iginiit nito na hindi siya magso-sorry sa kanyang obligasyon bilang isang Pilipino.
“Senator Pacquiao asked me for an apology, and I will indulge him with one. I apologize for being too young, and for being too brash. I will not however, apologize for doing my duty, being a citizen of this country. I will not apologize for being a voter— the voice of one amidst the voice of a multitude. I will not apologize for being a Filipino,” ani Karl.
‘A part of me died’
Ayon pa kay Karl, hindi lang isang cabinet official ang ibinasura ng CA kundi pati na rin ang career ng kanyang ina sa loob ng halos tatlong dekada.
Sa kanyang Facebook post, sinabi ni Karl na kaya siya kumuha ng kursong Medicine ay dahil sa kanyang ina na nagtatrabaho sa health sector sa gobyerno.
Basahin ang buong pahayag ni Karl:
Today, a part of me died.
by Karl Rosell Ubial— In response to my Mother’s CA rejection and Sen. Pacquiao’s desire for a public apology.
Today, the honorable commission on appointments has not only rejected a cabinet official; it has rejected a CAREER— a career spanning 29 years. 22 of which were a huge part of my life.
My mother will walk out that hall— jobless, and vacated from a career that she worked hard for from the ground up. She accepted the risk when she accepted the appointment — that the risk was higher for her because there was no job waiting for her upon her rejection, yet she fought.
She fought hard.
I wish not to anyone to feel how it was growing up as her son, waking up not where she is, sleeping ahead of her, and wondering why we would move from place to place. I’ve been to more than five schools, spanning Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao, just because my mother loved what she did. And for so long, I couldn’t understand why she did it, but as I grew up— I understood.
She wanted to make this country a better place.
I could see it every time she tries to bring me to a far-flung barrio or a hospital I have never thought existed. I could see it every time she stands at a podium and passionately talks about her vision for the Philippines.
She made me aspire to become a leader.
A part of me died today knowing that the esteemed body has made it clear that working from the ground up won’t give you the sky.
Did my mother’s reputation get tarnished? Not one bit. For there are no sane people who will think that false allegations make up for the 29 years of good government service and reputation that has made her viable for the position.
Her work in the government is the very reason why I’m here, studying Medicine. It is her work that pushed me to become a student-leader when I was in my undergraduate program, in high school, and in every waking moment. It was her’s and my father’s honest work that has made me the strive to make myself available to help when help is needed.
I never got paid for my work in the DOH, for all that I did was to help my mother do what she has been doing all this time. I attended meetings with her, made some her speeches, and wrote down the minutes of every meeting I was in because I believed in her work.
Senator Pacquiao asked me for an apology, and I will indulge him with one. I apologize for being too young, and for being too brash. I will not however, apologize for doing my duty, being a citizen of this country. I will not apologize for being a voter— the voice of one amidst the voice of a multitude. I will not apologize for being a Filipino.
Has the Commission of Appointments tarnished my dream nor my mother’s reputation? Not one bit. As a democratic voice, I believe Secretary Ubial’s legacy will live on, from the Hopeline to Tobacco Cessation. As will the Dr. Ubial from her grassroots career in Kidapawan.
For me, as a part of me dies, the fire burns stronger than ever. May this not tarnish the dreams of many of the youth out there. For as long as we sing the hymn and the flag raises high, we will not falter.
We hope— for our beloved Filipinos, and for our beloved Philippines.