Pangan: When the bubble bursts

At Close Range

NCR, or the National Capital Region, has registered the highest Covid-19 cases nationwide. It is rightfully correct since it is densely populated with people of diverse cultures, dialects and persuasions.

Its leaders or local chief executives have devised several measures just to stem off transmissions of the deadly disease. Now, we heard of the NCR+ bubble, covering NCR, Cavite, Batangas, Rizal and Bulacan to contain the disease. Does it really work?

Latest data from both the Department of Health and the Octa Research group show that the figures on Covid-19 cases have breached the 10,000-mark and increasing. This, despite the initial rollout of vaccines. Now the authorities are mulling on imposing/extending the most rigid of all quarantine classifications, the ECQ (enhanced community quarantine). Now, Metro Manila and its environs will stay under this classification for a much longer time in the hope of containing the spread of the deadly disease. Whew!

As usual, the Metro Manila mayors are in a quandary as to how to balance justifications for a floundering economy and the constituents’ health and wellbeing. It is a tough act, indeed. Tsk, tsk. It’s a classic damn if you do, damn if you don’t situation. Well...


We should not be surprised about the presence of the Chinese in areas around the West Philippine Sea.

After all, we’ve tolerated their building structures and edifices on shoals we have known to be ours for years.

Even our president, the one sworn to protect and serve our territory and sovereignty, has succumbed to Chinese pressure and is even lavish in praise of the so-called Chinese generosity.

We are faced with the dilemma of being a province of China, but with its current posture, we acquiesce to the fact that subjugation by this superpower on our territory will remain in the years to come. So, let us warm up to the idea that sometime in the near future, we will welcome the prospect of the Philippines as a province of China in the same breadth as Macau, Hong Kong and Taiwan! Sana all.


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