Last April 8, a video of Lani Mercado surfaced online where she mistakenly said “COVID-14” instead of “COVID-19.”
She said, “Ako po si Lani Mercado-Revilla na nagsasabi po sa ating lahat: Sama-sama, tulong-tulong, laban po sa COVID-14 (I am Lani Mercado-Revilla that’s saying to all of us: We’re all in this together in our fight against COVID-14).”
On April 13, Lani Mercado celebrated her 53rd birthday.
Her husband, Senator Bong Revilla Jr., prepared a pleasant surprise for her. He gave the Bacoor Mayor a bouquet of flowers as she works on her table at home.
Lani lightly joked, then apologized for those who got angry for mistakenly calling the pandemic “COVID-14.”
“Thank you po sa lahat ng bumati, nakakaalala, nakaka-appreciate ng trabaho. Kahit na maraming ganap, okay lang po ‘yan. Bahagi po ‘yan ng trabaho ko. Sa mga natuwa sa aking pagkakamali, ‘labanan ang COVID-14’, sorry po. Talagang marami lang po talagang iniisip. Tao lang po, pasensya na. Pero ginagawa po natin lahat ng ating magagawa para malagpasan natin ‘tong mga pagsubok na ‘to. We all pray na mahanap na po sana ang lunas ng COVID-19 (I would like to thank all who greeted and remembered, as well as those who appreaciate our efforts. Even when there are too much hapennings, it’s okay. That’s part of our job. To those who found my mistake ‘fight against COVID-14’ funny, I apologize. Rest assured, we are doing what we can to overcome this trial. We all pray that the cure for COVID-19 will soon be discovered),” she explained.
Mayor Lani even stressed the word “COVID-19” and she jokingly said that this time, she said it right.
It is evident in Lani Mercado’s voice and remarks that she remains happy even when the netizens bash her.
Despite the fact that the #covid14 trended in Twitter last week.
The Senator further added, “Pero ang importante ay gawin mo kung ano ang dapat para sa kanila (What’s important is to do what is right for them).”
All government units in the Philippines has been doing their best in the fights against COVID-19. Some of the measures imposed are total lockdowns in different parts of the country.