Community Whispers by Ray Junia
Community Whispers

PBBM cares more about business survival

Nov 1, 2022, 12:33 AM
Ray L. Junia

Ray L. Junia


The ghost month ends this week, appropriately with the country turning cemeteries into circus. Happy Halloween all!

In the news, the Department of Health warns that Covid-19 cases could rise to 18,000 a day from its current 2,000/day should mandatory use of face masks be lifted.

DOH officer-in-charge Maria Rosario Vergeire says the DOH has science-based projection of the rise in cases of Covid-19, if mandatory use of face mask is lifted.

The health department expects these big numbers starting this November. It is against the lifting on the mandatory use of face masks and other health protocols to contain the spread of the Corona-19 virus.


But a businessman thinks otherwise. Go-Negosyo founder Joey Concepcion believes it is correct to abandon restrictions on movement of people relative to the fight the virus strategy of the health department.

President BBM must be listening to the wisdom of business over the health concerns of the countries doctors and health workers.

My kapitbahay says Pres. BBM apparently got convinced that the survival of business is now more important than the spread of the killer virus.

“I think our problem now is not so much of Covid but ensuring the survival of our economy,” (read, making sure business survives.), Concepcion said.

This makulit kapitbahay of mine just posted on his gate:

“No face mask, no entry”


Bravo to Atty. Jay Daniel Santiago. He goes back to his position at the Philippine Ports Authority. His reappointment as general manager of the PPA makes his one of the few that has earned the trust of two presidents, Pres. Digong and Pres. BBM.

Pres. Digong appointed him to that position in 2016 and served until the end of Digong’s term. Pres. BBM reappoints him, a testimony of his good performance in that office.


The peso gets back some muscle. Its crawling back to P57 to a dollar. this is one good news.

And prices of oil inches back, as latest price movement of oil in gas stations was a roll back by P1.00 for diesel engines.

We are now on the recovery path, my kapitbahay said. I pray he is right.


Unpredictable Tropical Storm Paeng, brings more death on the week of the dead as media reports already 67 have perished from floods and landslides.

Big parts of Mindanao were under water, registering highest number of casualties, while torrential rains battered Luzon.


Quotes for the week:

Wine and women are incomparable: wine improves with age.

Men make money by winking at laws; women by winking at men.

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