In ordinary times, today would have been a day for pranks. It’s the first of April, after all. But our days now are extraordinary; our challenges existential and profound. The mood is too somber for silly jokes.Unfortunately, often we feel that some people—sometimes, the leaders who of all people should be in charge and coherent and who should serve as good examples—are still playing pranks on us.
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In this global pandemic, each country’s failure or success will be determined by the decisions and actions of its leaders. As we wait out the crisis from the safety of our homes, we will observe how our decision-makers are conducting themselves. We will commend their worthy initiatives and criticize those less worthy. We will call out follies and reject being made fools, not because we want to bring anyone down or prove ourselves better than others, but because blunders will mean lives.We will do this because we know the only way to survive is to survive together.
Test those China-made kits
The last thing anxious Filipinos need right now amid the raging COVID-19 pandemic is a Department of Health (DOH) that reverses itself once too often.
Last Saturday, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire declared categorically, in plainspoken language, that some of the COVID-19 test kits sent by China were only 40-percent accurate, and hence were no longer used. “Sa mga naunang pinadala sa amin na test kits from China na nakapagpakita ng 40 percent accuracy, hindi po namin ito ginamit dahil nakita nga po na mababa po ang accuracy natin dito, kaya ito na lang po ay ating itinago,” said Vergeire.
READ MORE: https://opinion.inquirer.net/128513/test-those-china-made-kits
As Luzon enters the third week of the quarantine and Filipinos become even more anxious about whether the government is doing enough to address the crisis, and whether ordinary citizens will get the help they were promised, the DOH has some healing of its own to do — and some honest, transparent reporting it must immediately make to the public about the true quality of those made-in-China kits.
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EDITORIAL – Lock them up
Those who have lost their livelihoods as a result of the month-long enhanced community quarantine and, in some areas, total lockdowns will surely welcome the P200-billion emergency aid package announced by President Duterte on Monday night.
READ MORE: https://www.philstar.com/opinion/2020/04/01/2004679/editorial-lock-them-up
To facilitate the proper utilization of the P200 billion, the government must disseminate information on how the public can report abusive or crooked officials without fear of reprisal. Apart from seeing the end of this crisis, people will also want to see punishment imposed on those who abuse power or misuse public funds.
EDITORYAL – Mga umaabusong pulis sa checkpoints, kastiguhin!
Ang Philippine National Police (PNP) at Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) ang katuwang sa pagpapatupad ng Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) noong Marso 16. Mahigit dalawang linggo na ang nakalilipas mula nang ipagbawal ang paglabas at pagpasok sa maraming bahagi ng Luzon. Tigil ang biyahe nang lahat ng pampublikong sasakyan. Maraming checkpoints ang inilatag para masigurong maipatutupad ang quarantine at nang hindi na kumalat ang virus ng COVID-19.
BASA PA MORE: https://www.philstar.com/pilipino-star-ngayon/opinyon/2020/04/01/2004657/editoryal-mga-umaabusong-pulis-sa-checkpoints-kastiguhin