Just when you think that news about COVID-19 couldn’t get any worse as cases continue to soar outside the National Capital Region, comes the Department of Health’s (DOH) alarming announcement that two sub-lineages of the highly transmissible Omicron variant have been detected, the BA.1 and BA.2.
Finally, the government should focus more on the pandemic response and less on politics. With the election fever kicking in and more people moving about for the campaign, the risk of surges in infections from the new variants is getting bigger. What the public needs from the national government now is not political noise like President Duterte’s recent threat to name the “most corrupt” presidential candidate but a more coherent pandemic response if we are to survive this constantly evolving, dangerously unpredictable virus.
Only proper education will be the vaccine against fake info.
But with exemption…
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The Philippine Star
EDITORIAL – ICU in the PNP
January 28, 2022
“Inept, corrupt, undisciplined” – this is ICU in the Philippine National Police. The director of the PNP-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group used the term to describe eight CIDG members who were arrested last Wednesday on charges of robbery in band, extortion and illegal detention in Angeles City, Pampanga.
As in the CIDG case, the robbery in Pasig at least showed that there are good cops who can fight the bad. But the fact that the arrest of the Taguig cops failed to deter the suspects in Pampanga indicates the extent of the rot in the PNP. The police leadership will have to do more to disabuse “ICU” cops from believing that they have a license to break the law.
Umabot na sa 50 ang mga guro na nabiktima ng phishing at hacking ng kanilang accounts sa LandBank of the Philippines noong nakaraang linggo. Ayon sa mga nabiktimang guro, nawalan sila ng P900 hanggang P200,000. Karamihan sa mga nabiktima ay nagsabing nakatanggap sila nang maraming one-time pin (OTP) messages mula sa banko. Hindi naman umano nila binuksan o kinlick ang message link pero nagulat sila sapagkat nang i-check nila ang pera, nasimot na ang mga iyon.
Hanapin din ng NBI ang scammers ng mga guro. Nararapat namang tulungan ng Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas ang mga guro para maibalik ang halagang nalimas sa kanila. Kawawa naman ang mga guro na ang kaunting savings ay nalimas pa. Dapat din namang mag-ingat ang publiko sa cyber criminals. Huwag basta magbubukas ng kahina-hinalang email o messages link.