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“It is no surprise that many are now angry with how this pandemic is gravely mismanaged.”

As of April 15, according to the Department of Health (DOH), the number of COVID-19 cases in the country has risen to 904,285 with 15,594 deaths. To date alone, 11,429 new cases have been added. However, many believe the real numbers are much higher as we continue to hear about entire families contracting the disease but staying at home because our health facilities are overcrowded? We also hear about people who die without being seen by doctors. Are these cases included in official DOH data? Most likely, they are not. No matter how you look at the situation, this pandemic continues to wreak havoc in the country. Filipinos suffer in more than one way. Even President Rodrigo Duterte said so during his last public appearance. He said this pandemic will take a long time to process and many more will die. According to him, the only solution is the vaccine. At the same time, Duterte remains in denial of the incompetence and serious lack of sense of urgency of the DOH and the Inter Agency Task Force (IATF) in the face of this pandemic. This presidential attitude and this defeatist statement are quite disheartening. With deaths from COVID-19 and starving families across Metro Manila and neighboring provinces, it’s no surprise that many are now angry at the severe mismanagement of this pandemic. But what if the manipulation was intentional and part of a grand scheme in connection with the national elections of 2022? This alleged ploy goes around social networks: “The government is neither confused nor incompetent. It’s just sticking to a logical plan. He does not want to solve the pandemic now as he schedules the peak of vaccination and the subsequent recovery of the economy by the beginning of next year, for the purpose of impacting the 2022 elections. in the third quarter of 2021, vaccine prices will start to plunge. In the fourth quarter, the government will step up vaccinations and likely release funds for relief, stimulus, subsidies, etc. in time for Christmas in December 2021. Mobility and business will resume quickly from January to March 2022. The start of the presidential campaign is March 2022. The government will start distributing money by then (from the budget that ‘he is amassing) to a peak of happiness and excitement by election day in May 2022. The biggest problem for the government is how to dribble December by hoarding its money. It will have to entertain, entertain and entertain the public for seven months. This is what is happening. Even if the whole country gets sick, only 5% will be serious and less than 1% will die. Filipinos can easily forget about this as long as they have a long party from Christmas to May of next year. I ignored this message the first time I received it. However, like many, I am intrigued not only by the government’s apparent inability to come up with proactive solutions, but also by the events that have occurred outside of the pandemic.

At one point, Duterte said the government ran out of funds to give to help poor families. However, Bayanihan Laws 1 and 2 earmarked funds for efforts to fight the pandemic. In addition, according to a March 2021 report by the Philippine Daily Inquirer, the country borrowed 2.74 trillion pesos in 2020 to combat the health and socio-economic crises caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. This amount which will end up being paid by the people is no joke. Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez also said that in 2021, the national government planned to borrow 3.3 trillion pesos from national and multilateral lenders. Regarding the COVID-19 vaccine (which Duterte says is our ONLY hope to beat this pandemic), according to the Rappler report of March 23, 2021, the government has programmed 82.5 billion pesos for COVID vaccines. -19 for 2021, including P70 billion which will come from loans and additional income. The Philippines is ready to get at least $ 1.2 billion (58.5 billion pesos) for vaccines broken down as follows: $ 500 million from the World Bank; $ 400 million from the Asian Development Bank; and $ 300 from the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank. Therefore, from this data, there is reason to believe that money may not be the problem. The government has targeted 70 percent of Filipinos for vaccination this year. Initially, Duterte had promised that the vaccines would start arriving in December 2020. This did not happen. The numbers are dismal. The total doses delivered to the Philippines as of April 13, 2021 were 3,025,600 (Sinovac 2.5 million and AstraZeneca 525,600). The vaccine doses that were administered on the same date were 1,093,651 (first dose) and 162,065 (second dose). These figures indicate that ONLY 162,065 Filipinos have so far been vaccinated. The deployment of vaccination is very slow. What if, there was more to the scenario of this administration amassing huge funds and deliberately delaying actions to tackle the pandemic? What if these periodic disappearances and the subsequent reappearance of Duterte were part of a grand scheme to distract people’s attention? What if even the controversial dolomite, spokesperson’s antics and other events were also diversionary tactics meant to dissipate our energies? What if this was all about their preparations to secure victory in the 2022 election? I am posting this only to let people know that it can happen. Either way, we must remember the thousands of people who perished and their families who are now in mourning. The Filipino electorate must honor them and choose officials worthy of the title. @bethangsioco on Twitter Elizabeth Angsioco on Facebook

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