Abrigo: Covid-19, an invasion tool

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HEROES as we may call the medical practitioners fulfilling the “supportive care” to Covid-19 patients. Why supportive care? Because there is no specific drug applied to kill the virus, thus the treatment applied can be categorized as supportive care. With it, patients are just waiting for the axe of judgment to fall on their necks or miraculously recover.

Supportive care is just a band-aide solution that already costs millions from procurement of PPEs for the frontliners to the building of facilities somehow isolate the positive and suspected ones.

Today, while at home quarantine and making my (birth) day with the social media, a good tiding passes through the newsfeed, announcing that president Duterte augmented the bounty from P10 million to P50 million pesos in just three days, hoping that someone from this dear homeland can discover a covid-19 vaccine. The bounty can even soar to P100 million should it satisfies him, the announcement added.

On the other hand, many residents under ECQ or lockdown suffered psychosomatic torture as an upshot of mixed distress and anxiety on what tomorrow may bring after being unaccustomed to restrictions.

Often, in applying the law, the enforcers are far more toxic than this horrible and incurable virus. I am referring to the circumstance that led to the shooting of a retired soldier branded as an uncooperative fella. But only skilled psychologists can understand and explain well to this inner agony.

When the expensive supportive care is prolonged without the effective drugs for treatment, the government will drain all its resources to the point of selling its assets and even worse to opt into borrowings.

Selling assets and borrowings to finance the band-aide solution is financial suicide. Unless of course a neighbor will come in and offer financial salvation which I believe will be the next move of China.

When I wrote my previous article entitled “What ifs”, I had no idea that Beijing was substantiating my opinion as it flexes its muscle in the West Philippine Sea. China encroaches our sovereignty anew, and blatantly dishonored the international laws.

The recent ones were: the hostile act of aiming the Gun Control Director (GCD) of a Chinese warship to a Philippine navy ship (BRP Conrado Yap) while patrolling near the Rizal Reef detachment at the Kalayaan Island Group; and, when it declared the Paracel Island Group near Vietnam, and the Spratly Island Group in the WPS are now under the administrative jurisdiction of Sansha City, Hainan province of China.

Our apprehension is that while we welcome medical experts and continue receiving gears from China to combat covid-19, we won’t wake up one day to find ourselves as insolvent colonies of China.


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