Opinyon

We Take a Stand

By Ray L. Junia Published: July 22, 2020

Half of Southern Luzon is back to general community quarantine (GCQ) after a two-week moderate GCQ.

The LGUs were just about ready to bring things nearer to the old normal when COVID-19 infections spiked, forcing the national government to stop the LGUs from easing up on peoples’ movement.

Pity the transport sector that was already half celebrating their return to the streets even under strict self-distancing and other health protocols.

I would liken their return to the streets to mercenary trips, meaning they were sure to lose considering the health protocols.

Vanity shops — like barber shops and beauty parlors — were just half open in San Pedro City, then this return to stiffer lockdown.

My favorite shop, The Nail Bar, in Pacita just opened for less than a week, and strictly obeying health protocols, their service crew in PPEs, and less than half of its regular space was in use.

Will they be ordered to close again? What a pity to the workers for I think owners opened for their workers to earn.

Given the new cost of operations under lockdown, these shops are surely to lose.

 

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Another pity, this time our country, for chunks of our territory are being taken by the Chinese government.

Not a whimper from our government, passionate nationalists are shouting.

But, no, the government is protesting; if not, will protest Chinese incursions.

The award (Hague Tribunal) is non-negotiable, Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin, Jr., shouted back. Fighting words, until the Chinese bullies shot him down with its (Hague award) is a “sham”.

In the meantime, the Chinese have built military installations in these islets and driven away Filipino fishermen from their usual harvest areas.

Let’s not be surprised if and when the Chinese takes over Palawan for its tourism magnet if not minerals in its seabed.

Give them a finger and they take the whole hand.

That’s very Chinese.

 

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Senators are asking why we are not using world-class coronavirus test kits developed by our local scientists and doctors at the University of the Philippines, funded by the DOST.

These Filipino made test kits cost P1,400 but we continue to buy from China at P4,000 and from South Korea at P8,000.

Is someone making a lot money from imported test kits? The senators are asking.

Let’s do a little arithmetic.

If DOH buys 1 million test kits “overpriced” by an average of P4,000 apiece, that makes some officials billionaires in this government, not to count the lost opportunities for Filipino workers and businessmen.

We are encouraged in slogans to help our economy and BUY FIIPINO.

The Chinese and Koreans are big believers in this Buy Filipino advocacy.

Senators suspect these foreigners have.

 

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