With the current political situation, being critical of the government can garner you many things—the label ‘terrorist’, death threats, or a subpoena.
Public service comes with public criticism. As citizens, it is our societal responsibility to point out discrepancies not only in the existing status quo but also towards the public officials who maintain it. We should perceive it beyond the ‘reklamador‘ narrative and acknowledge that it is democracy in action.
Public servants do not deserve to hold a position if they are onion-skinned. To become a public official means to be open to criticisms and mud-slinging whether it is true or not, it is a burden, however, to prove the critics wrong. Holding the people accountable for their concerns will only backfire.
The people have every democratic right to raise questions and criticisms to the public officials they voted into power.