No reawakening

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    ‘The culture of complacency, indifference and fatalism never left many Pinoys even during this pandemic, which should otherwise have brought a reawakening of discipline and compassion.’

    THE deep ties between the United States and Britain forged in wars and conflicts matter little to the British royal family. The wife of Prince Harry, Meghan, is an American and her mixed color somehow represents nearly 2,000 US black soldiers who fought side by side with British forces in the Normandy invasion and in the liberation of Europe from the Nazis.

    American and British blood together flowed and mixed in the crimson beaches of Normandy. The royals see no historical or cultural consequence on color and race more than half a century later.

    The color of the royal skin is primordial to the image and pride that bask in the glorious glitter and world adulation that the monarchy still commands to which, it seems, everything else must be subservient or incidental. The tragic marriage of Lady Diana and Prince Charles was not meant to live up to its fairytale beginning after it eventually unraveled as one-sided, leaving Diana dejected and humiliated. The royals had gone after her like a bewitched culprit.

    Diana’s may be another story, but her saga pertains to a monarchy that rises ungallantly above the country’s devotion and respect for people. The royals’ intense racism almost drove Meghan to suicide which should now be a pivotal factor on how the government should regard them.

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    Many people in Marikina, Antipolo, San Mateo and Rodriguez have ignored the deadly COVID by packing jeepneys and buses, especially during rush hours. Private parties are back with a vengeance, with laughter and videoke singing echoing for many hours in the night. So are drinking sessions on sidewalks and side streets.

    A small birthday party of a relative in Quezon City flared into a horrific family transmission only after four days, killing one and infecting five others in a family compound. Late night diners at plush restaurants in Pasig, Makati and Quezon City savor the cool evenings without face masks and without face separators, lingering on in groups over glasses of wine.

    And still we wonder why the COVID infections have risen rapidly during the past two weeks. And without doubt the festive valentine celebrations had contributed much to the surge. The culture of complacency, indifference and fatalism never left many Pinoys even during this pandemic, which should otherwise have brought a reawakening of discipline and compassion.

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