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DIRTY LAUNDRY: Yeng Constantino under fire after her doctor shaming vlog

July 22, 2019 Victoria Luz

After ranting out in her recent vlog about their Siargao hospital experience, singer-songwriter Yeng Constantino gets slammed for “doctor-shaming”.

#NoToDoctorShaming. That hashtag began trending over the weekend after Yeng Constantino‘s recent vlog went viral. Apparently, in her recent vlog, she ranted about a certain doctor who attended her husband, Yan Asuncion, after an accident in Siargao. She even posted the doctor’s picture and mentioned her name numerous times. Her lamentations sure sounds valid. However, exposing the identity of the doctor without her consent is illegal.

So, here’s what happened. Yan Asuncion suffered short term memory loss after cliff diving. According to Yeng’s account of the situation, Yan seemed to have no recollection of their trip. In fact, he seemed oblivious about being there himself. Of course, it alarmed Yeng, knowing that her husband is clueless about anything of the trip. Not to mention, he had an aching pain in his head for quite some time.

The doctor’s lack of compassion

They immediately transferred Yan to a hospital. But only to be attended by a certain doctor who lacks compassion, as Yeng stated. In her account, she remained calm as she could, despite the panic and fear. However, the doctor who attended her husband was not as empathic as she thought she would be.

In her vlog, she recalled the doctor being a tad bit of condescending in acknowledging her husband’s condition. Even the lack of communication about the situation irked her. She wasn’t informed about the next following procedures done to Yan. And it only fueled her panic at some point. Somehow, you’d understand that as his wife, Yeng would be overwhelmed by her emotions. Especially in that kind of situation.

But still, #NoToDoctorShaming

However, despite Yeng’s emotional state, she shouldn’t have exposed the doctor’s identity. In the social media space. Across the worldwide web. Because it’s illegal. In fact, it only shows her ignorance of the law. The act of posting pictures of health staff or patients defaming their image is punishable by law.

Even if the doctor was being hard on her, social media isn’t the right outlet to complain about it. A hospital has management that handles complaints. She could have complained to the management instead of airing it out on Youtube. It could have been resolved better. Aside from that, she monetized her video, ergo, somehow capitalizing the “traumatic” experience they had which seemed so wrong.

Netizens react about the viral vlog

A lot of people reacted to the said issue. Though there are people who sided Yeng, the majority of them educated the singer for her actions. According to some, Siargao isn’t Manila. It’s not an urban area where you can find a hospital with all the latest equipment.

Siargao might be a famous tourist spot but it’s still a rural area. If the problem is the lack of equipment, why blame the workers? Hospitals are funded by the government. Blaming the staff doesn’t resolve the issue. It only worsens it. The staff can’t do anything about it, either way. If there’s a person or a group she should address, it should be the government funding the local hospitals.

Siargao Congressman responds to Yeng Constantino

In a similar manner, the Siargao Congressman Bingo Matugas responds to the issues that resurfaced because of the incident. Yeng shared the reply of Congressman Matugas in her Instagram account. In the post, the congressman reassured the singer that they will do their best to make Siargao as safe as it is beautiful.

The issue is yet to die down. And the hashtag #NoToDoctorShaming still tops the trending charts. But this sheds light that social media isn’t always the right outlet or platform to air our disappointments or lamentations. Especially when it involves the community itself. True, Yeng was being emotional. Her feelings are indeed valid. And if the doctor was being tough on her, she could have just resolved the matter talking to the doctor or management of the hospital.

There’s no need to blow the whole issue up. It was personal, after all. Look what it got her, netizens calling out for blood for their brothers and sisters in the medical field. In the end, it seems that both sides were at fault. Both are victims. It could have been resolved in a much professional manner. I guess lesson learned then.

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