Deadly benchmark

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    ‘The UP projections were based on the assumption that if the government continues to inadequately address the pandemic, the cases would reach 40,000. The assumption alone means the government is losing the battle.’

    THE IATF does not want to listen to medical experts and so it kicks out an eminent adviser, Dr. Tony Leachon, for pointing out a few lapses in disease control. Senate President Tito Sotto and most of the senators are getting more and more dismayed with the IATF, including DOH Secretary Francisco Duque. Sotto knew that things were going to get worse before they got any better after President Duterte decided to keep Duque despite his open protestations and those of 15 senators against Duque’s lack of leadership in combating the spread of COVID- 19.

    The President’s miserable excuse was that Duque’s brother has been a long-time friend since their college days at San Beda. Sotto is, of course, aghast but has not said anything about the fact that the Chief Executive values his friendship with Duque’s brother more than the constitutional mandate of the Senate for check and balance. There may be deeper ties that bind. The President should know better and convey a similar gesture of lawful decorum to the Senate by removing a personal preoccupation that demeans him and Duque more. Sotto is almost sure that “something is very wrong” and that the government should do more to contain further the infection spikes, especially in Cebu.

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    Last Sunday morning’s congregation of some three hundred at the CCP Complex in Manila playing volleyball, biking and milling around mostly without face masks and social distancing is a strange but merry scenario playing in the minds of other stupid fools who have no idea of what it takes to being intubated for a month and being cremated later. Or in causing others to be infected by COVID-19. The economy has opened minimally in urban areas, driving restless throngs of the undisciplined back to drinking, holding parties and trooping to the malls in wild abandon. The PNP and barangay officials should still be strict in enforcement of the protocols.

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    Former ANC executive Jing Magsaysay posted on FB : “More than 36,000 cases and not 40,000 as UP projected. We’re winning!! That’s like saying there are only 13.1 million Filipino families that are poor and not 20 million. We’re winning!!  Today (Tuesday), Vietnam has 355 cases, 330 have recovered. ZERO deaths. THAT is the benchmark! The UP projections were based on the assumption that if the government continues to inadequately address the pandemic, the cases would reach 40,000. The assumption alone means the government is losing the battle.”

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    Channel 9 reporters had stayed away from the 10-hour funeral procession of former Senator Ninoy Aquno from his QC residence to the Manila Memorial Park in Paranaque. The leading network then was part of the Marcos-controlled Kanlaon Broadcasting System (KBS). Aquino’s enraged followers had threatened government news teams. A pall of grief slowly settled in the newsroom and despite their open loyalties to the Marcoses and loathing for the murdered opposition leaders, tears started streaming down the cheeks of the news executives and other company managers as the live coverage unfolded on rival Channel 7. History revisionists should probably take time to visit Gate 11 of the NAIA Terminal 1 and be taken to another world by a memorial and its markers that reads, “On this spot Benigno ‘Ninoy’ Aquino was assassinated on 21 August 1983. It is eternally enshrined ‘For wherever a martyr has shed his blood for truth, justice and freedom, there is sacred ground. The sun cannot bleach, the wind cannot blow, the rain cannot wash that sanctity away. From grounds like this spring that which forever makes the Filipino great.’

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