Pining for ‘ normal’
Life as we know it has changed so much, and so suddenly.The Luzon-wide enhance community quarantine is ending its second week. Since it was first imposed, we have made many adjustments to the way we live, work, and relate with others, even the way we ponder our mortality.
Stealthy as ever
As the Philippines battles the spread of COVID-19 among its people, another malignancy continues to cast a shadow in a specific part of the country—the West Philippine Sea, where last week the Chinese Academy of Sciences launched two research stations on Fiery Cross (Kagitingan) and Subi (Zamora) Reefs in the Spratly Islands, ostensibly to “help scientists expand their research into deep sea ecology, geology, environment, material sciences and marine energy.”
According to China’s state news agency Xinhua, the research stations “play a part in monitoring ecological and seismic changes in key regions of the South China Sea.”
Is Beijing chastened in any way? Now it feels even emboldened to sow disinformation and whitewash the narrative—by pushing the conspiracy theory that the United States, its current trade adversary, is to blame for the pandemic. China’s Foreign Ministry official Zhao Lijian tweeted on March 12: “It might be the US army who brought the pandemic to Wuhan… US owe us an explanation!”
No, it’s China, stealthy as ever, that owes the world an explanation.
EDITORIAL- Lights out for the Earth
It’s difficult to look for any silver lining in the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic, which continues to claim lives around the planet. Environmental advocates, however, cite an obvious consequence of suspending much of transport operations by land, air and sea to prevent the further spread of COVID-19: air quality has become much cleaner.
READ MORE: https://www.philstar.com/opinion/2020/03/28/2003855/editorial-lights-out-earth
EDITORYAL – Dahil sa quarantine luminis ang hangin
MAY mabuting ibinunga ang enhanced community quarantine sa Metro Manila. Bumuti ang kalidad ng hangin at nabawasan ang air pollution. Sa loob lamang ng 1 linggong lockdown, nag-decrease ng 180% ang “PM2.5” na taglay ng hangin ayon sa Institute of Environmental Science and Meteorology of the University of Philippines-Diliman./Pilipino Star Ngayon
READ MORE: https://www.philstar.com/pilipino-star-ngayon/opinyon/2020/03/28/2003859/editoryal-dahil-sa-quarantine-luminis-ang-hangin
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