On July 19, Yeng Constantino recounted her recent "traumatic experience" with husband Yan Asuncion during their vacation in Siargao, Surigao Del Norte. According to the singer-songwriter's Instagram post, Yan temporarily lost his memory and even suffered minor injuries while cliff diving at a popular diving spot in the island called Sugba Lagoon.
Yeng narrates: "PART 1: Accident in Siargao and scary na experience sa Dapa Siargao Hospital. Sa wakas napost ko na ito today dahil napa CT Scan na namin si Yan at walang hemmorage o namuong dugo sa brain nya. Super grateful kami. Pero grabe ang naexperience namin sa hospital sa Dapa Siargao.
"Naaksidente si Yan sa pag talon niya sa cliff diving spot sa Sugba Lagoon. After nung impact nagka-memory loss sya. Di niya maalala kung nasan kami, paano kami nakapunta sa Siargao at saan kami nagse-stay.
"Ang pinakanakatatakot para sakin nung tinanong na niya kung anong taon ngayon. Di niya maalala. Pinilit kong ikalma sarili ko. Nakatawag naman agad ng ambulance yung bangkero namin (Salamat po mga Kuya!). Nadala namin si Yan sa first hospital sa Del Carmen. Chineck BP niya normal naman, tapos binigyan sya ng pain killer at neck brace dahil masakit ang leeg at ulo niya.
"Tapos sinabi samin nung medical personnel dun na kailangan daw dalhin sa Dapa Siargao Hospital dahil wala silang pang X-Ray at dun din daw mas kumpleto mga gamit. Nasa isip ko "bakit ganun? Sana meron din ditong equipments dahil malapit to sa tourist attractions na may cliff diving at prone to accidents."
She then went on to narrate how they ended up spending two hours longer than they expected at the hospital due to multiple issues, including how no one could properly operate the X-ray machine, and "maraming attitude na lumipad sa ospital."
Yeng also couldn't help but further air out her frustration towards one local doctor, who according to the singer, seemed to have no sense of urgency in properly assisting them. Yeng also posted a blog about their experience.
In a report by Cosmopolitan Philippines, netizens, especially med students and professionals, were calling the singer out "for shaming the doctor assigned to her husband. On Facebook and YouTube, Yeng had named the doctor, showed the doctor’s photo, and criticized her for allegedly lacking compassion and urgency." Some also mentioned how the couple's experience wasn't limited to Siargao, but is something that happens every day to people who can't afford quality health care in the country.
One student who shared she was at the same hospital tweeted at Yeng. Part of her message read, "I saw first hand how the doctor and staff in Dapa District Hospital did their best to give appropriate care to your husband despite lack of manpower and lack of facilities. I understand that you are frustrated [because] you are not used to a setting with limited health services.
"Pero please, inasikaso po kayo sa best na makakaya ng staff doon. Ginawa po ang tests na hinihingi ninyo kahit sa tingin ng mga doktor ay hindi kailangan. Nagsikap po na gumawa ng paraan kahit kulang sila sa tao at pasilidad."
Yeng has yet to issue an official response to the comments.
With additional reporting by the FemaleNetwork.com editors