By Ismael Amigo | Published: October 15, 2020
The Provincial Department of Health Office is keeping tabs daily on COVID-19.
The number of recovered patients continues to increase, it said.
Last Friday, the health office said there were 142 heals or patients already out of the COVID-19 woods.
In all, their number now reached 5,293.
Compared to the 93 newly confirmed cases, it doesn’t take a genius to conclude that if the trend continues that way it could very well be said that the battle against the coronavirus in the province is won.
Positive cases of COVID-19 in the province of reached 7,844 less the 5,293 recoveries and 196 deaths, active cases in the whole province of 35 cities and towns, is only pegged at 2,355.
The Office of the Governor also reminded Batangueños to follow at all times the minimum health standards — like physical distancing, frequent hand washing, and wearing face mask and face shields when going out.
In the words of my elder brother, Amado Amigo, who is currently vice mayor of our town of Sulat, Eastern Samar and incumbent president of our province’s vice mayors’ league, to get there, politicians, pinning for local or national posts, need to prepare at least two years in advance.
This is mostly what politicians are doing busying themselves up especially now that surveys are starting to crop up.
Latest on presidential surveys states that under Publicus. Manila Mayor Isko Moreno is tops followed by Sara Duterte, Leni Robredo, Bongbong Marcos, and Manny Pacquiao, in this order.
A survey by Anonymous showed Isko Moreno again on top followed again by Sara Duterte, Manny Pacquiao, Bongbong Marcos, and Leni Robredo.
However, in Pulse Asia, Davao City mayor and presidential daughter Sara Duterte dislodged Isko Moreno on the top spot even as Manny Pacquiao climbed up third, followed by BBM and Bong Go at fifth.
Closer to home here in my city of Sto. Tomas, potential candidates for mayor are jockeying for outgoing lady mayor Edna Sanchez’s endorsement.
Does it really matter?
The answer is a flat yes.
An endorsement from the lady Mayor Sanchez in the 2022 local election is tantamount to an 80 percent win.
He or she only needs 20 percent more of the effort to work and maintain until election day.
Mayor Sanchez’ political machinery and clout here in STC are vast and immense.
Last time I had an opportunity to talk with the lady mayor in her office, she confided that she’d “rest” come 2022 to take care of her grandchildren.
For her, she only has two choices for endorsement.
It could either be her ever-loyal incumbent Vice Mayor Armenius Silva and one is a “former employee” of the city hall whom she said as being “malapit din.”
But who knows, we are not discounting the possibility of a strong, third force.
Write to iTALK through Ismaelamigo@yahoo.com.