In a Facebook post with the title, “LAND OF COVID”, radio host Mark Lopez explained why there is nothing to be ashamed of with such unflattering moniker.
Lopez informed netizens the new spin of the critics of the Duterte administration, using our covid situation as the anchor of attack to put down the government at the expense of the country’s reputation.
‘So the propaganda being spread now is that we have become the Land of Covid-19.’
‘Nakakahiya ba?’ Lopez asked netizens.
Lopez remarked that this phenomenon is expected.
‘It actually took a long time coming, and now here we are, the number one in Southeast Asia with the most number of Covid-19 cases.’
Lopez said his gut instinct tells him that our OFW phenomenon spread around the globe would be forced to return home by the pandemic.
‘Am no epidemiologist nor viral expert but what I do know is that the Filipino is the Global workforce, most especially in the labor and public health sector.’
Lopez said the exodus of the OFWs from their respective hosts has been one of the more complex issues, especially the monumental task of bringing them home.
‘It is why one of the more complex issues that have risen in this pandemic is how our government should address the repatriation of hundreds of thousands of our OFWs in the middle of this crisis.’
‘Alam nyo ba na halos nasa 150k na OFWs ang bumalik?’ Lopez asked.
Lopez said thee figures are a mixed of land-based and sea-based OFWs who were affected by the pandemic.
‘And these are our kababayans who were caught in the midst of the outbreak in the countries where they are working. Madami din sa kanila yung mga pinagmamalaki natin na mga Seafarers na naipit o na stranded sa mismong mga naglalakihang barko sa gitna ng karagatan.’
Lopez asked if we were aware that at one point, there were 20 cruise ships anchored in Manila Bay and 3,000 to 5,000 people on board those ships but unable to disembark because of the sheer volume wanting to enter the country?
‘And alam nyo ba na at one point eh meron halos 20 na CRUISE SHIPS na nanjan sa Manila Bay, na may laman na 3,000 to 5,000 na mga tao on board na hindi maka daong because of the sheer volume na papasok sa atin?’
Lopez asked Filipinos if they can wrap their heads around the magnitude of the problem the Duterte admin faces re OFWs?
‘Do you even understand the magnitude of what our government is confronted with this issue?’
If the gargantuan problem of the OFW exodus confronting the Duterte wasn’t enough, the so-called LSI’s compounded the woes of the government. Lopez explained below.
‘And ano pa nangyari? Ayun sumabay pa ang mga Locally Stranded Individuals (LSIs) na kabaligtaran naman ng OFWs. Sila naman yung mga nag aabang na paalis ng bansa natin na inabutan naman ng pandemic sa Maynila. Dahil originally galing sa mga iba’t ibang probinsya, at nainip na ng lockdown tayo dito sa Metro, ayun nagpumilit din na mag si-uwi, again in the middle of the outbreak. Alam nyo ba na ang inasikaso para mapauwi na mga LSIs gamit ang resources ng gobyerno ay nasa halos 100,000 na din? By resources meaning either sinakay sila ng eroplano, barko, bus, tren at pinakain pa and pinaayos pa ang lugar kung sila puede mag stay habang inaantay ang transportation.’
‘LAHAT SAGOT NG GOBYERNO,’ Lopez stated.
Lopez asked in an emphatic tone, ‘Hindi ba yan recipe for a humongous humanitarian crisis?’
Lopez can’t help but play the conscience card to drive home his point that critics are so blinded with their hatred for the Duterte admin that they fail to see how hard this government worked and face the challenges head on while throwing caution to the wind and disregarding their own safety?
‘Pero ano, may appreciation or understanding ba kayo na na address ng gobyerno natin yan? Do you know how difficult it is, especially for the behind-the-scenes government workers natin na hindi na ininda ang posibilidad na silaay mahawa at buong puso na hinarap yang mga needs ng kababayan natin.’
Lopez quizzed netizens if they are aware of another possible reason why the country has been tagged as such? ‘Alam nyo pa ang isang maaring rason bakit tayo ang Land of Covid?’
lopez supplied the answer of his own question here. ‘Alam nyo ba na tayo ang global leader sa pag supply ng frontliners sa medical community sa buong mundo.’
Lopez asked if this fact does not make their hairs rise by simply thinking about it?
‘Hindi ba nakakakilabot yan na ang mga kababayan natin ang nag aalaga sa humanity pero sila din ang most susceptible sa virus?’
Lopez urged netizens to contemplate at the huge risk our health care workers serving in foreign countries have to face.
‘Imagine their risk, and how they can also affect their own loved ones, kasama na ung mga iniwan tapos binalikan nilang pamilya dito?’
Lopez warned critics not to get him started but he did it anyway. Lol
‘And dont get me started sa mga frontliners natin, sa health, sa security, sa mga construction workers, BPOs, retail staff sa mga supermarkets, drugstores, airline, and yung mga namobilize ng gobyerno para magtayo ng mga quarantine facilities, laboratories, at yung mga kailangan din mag ayos ng mga kargamento sa mga pier, and mga deliveries.’
Lopez went on to offer his theory why our covid cases has been on the rise but he credited the Filipinos who stepped up and help the government to carry the load of the critics, the whiners, ready to take care of them when they catches covid 19.
‘Ewan ko pero baka naman kaya talaga dumami ang naging cases natin, kasi madami din ang nagmalasakit nating mga kababayan na tulungan ang gobyerno para yung mga reklamador, mga privileged at mga disente eh ma asikaso pag nadale.’
Lopez can’t help but took a swipe at a Senator whom he accused of partly responsible for the deplorable PH health care system for doing nothing in improving it, instead use it as a milking cow?
‘Mabigat na problema si Covid-19, lalu na at ito ay unseen, bago at kakaiba. Idagdag mo pa ang fact na ang ating Public Health System eh bulok at hindi naman pinagtibay ng mga dating nakaupo, bagkus ginawa lang gatasan, di ba Risa?’
Lopez wondered if netizens aren’t infuriated that the previous admins did not prepare for this eventuality, that a pandemic might hit the country, hence the response of the current admin is to make do of what we have and improve along the way?
‘Hindi nga, hindi ba kayo manggagalaiti sa galit na hindi pinaghandaan noon pa ang possibility na tayo ay madale nga ng isang pandemic kaya ang response ng kasalukuyang gobyerno eh to make do with what we have and improve along the way?’
Lopez proceeded to cite an example to back up his earlier assertion.
‘Case in point – WALA TAYONG SARILING RT PCR laboratory, at nung February and early March, sa Australia pa natin pinapadala ang swab test samples para ma confirm kung positive ang case.’
Lopez frowned at shameless Leni Robredo talking to the press, saying we should have done this and that when you think about it, her party mates in the senate who has been in position for a long time but failed to pass a bill to strengthen our healthcare system and prepare for a pandemic?
‘Tapos, isang Leni Robredo ang magbibida na dapat March pa lang nag mass testing na? Hindi ba tarantado lang? And to think ang mga ka partido nya na na sa Senado ng pagkatagal tagal eh walang ni isa na nagpanukala ng batas para patibayin ang ang ating healthcare system, at mapaghandaan ang isang pandemya?’
Lopez noted that despite the incessant criticism – left, right, front, back and center – in 5 months managed to put up more than 100 quarantine facilities, 100 plus labs for RT PCT testing and conducted more than 1.6 millions tests and counting.
‘Etong administrasyon ni Pangulong Rody Duterte, sa kabila ng puro reklamo, puna, batikos, at atake ng mga Oligarchs at mga tuta nito sa oposisyon, simbahan, akademya at makakaliwa, eh ayan, in 5 MONTHS, nakapagpatayo ng lagpas 100 na quarantine and isolation facilities, plus 100 Laboratories para sa RT PCR testing, na nakapag twst na ng halos 1,6Million na mga kababayan natin.’
Lopez asked if those living in the fringes of society were left behind? He took a jab at critics of the Social Amelioration Program but he said they can’t deny the fact these aid managed to reach many of our countrymen. And if there were allegations of corruption or irregularities at the LGU level, he said that the blame should fall on the previous leaders who were the stumbling blocks of the reforms that were pushed.
‘Tapos, ang mga nasa laylayan ba, pinabayaan? Madami kayo sinasabi sa Social Amelioration Program pero hindi nyo maikakaila na umabot talaga ito sa mga kababayan natin, at kung kinurap man ng mga mayor at mga baranggay officials, eh again sisihin natin ang mga dating namumuno dahil ayaw nila isulong ang tunay na pagbabago, bagkus nag pa alipin lang sa mga vested interests.’
Lopez shared the testimony of her ex-housemaid to back up his assertion that the Duterte admin’s SAP did reach the intended recipients.
‘Sa SAP, mismong dati naming kasambahay ang nagpapatunay na 2 beses na sila nakatanggap ng 8k, at yung huli nga eh derecho na ang DSWD na nag notify na sa kanila via text at kinuha nila sa remittance center.’
‘Ganun kadali na ngayon,’ Lopez boasted.
Lopez lamented that Duterte’s critics still refuse to accept this as a fact and give space in their hearts the hate they have for Duterte because he does fit their image of the ideal President and of course many of them are simply bitter because their rackets and money-making schemes in the previous admins ended when Duterte came to power.
‘Pero syempre, hindi nyo yan tatanggapin at aaminin, bagkus talagang mas bibigyan nyo puwang sa puso nyo ang galit kay Duterte, dahil hindi sya naayon sa ideal nyo ng isang presidente, and of course dahil ang karamihan naman kasi sa inyo eh mga bitter lang talaga at nasapul ang mga raket nyo at kababalaghan nung nakaraang mga pamunuan.’
‘Land of Covid ba?’ Lopez taunted.
Lopez ended the long rant with a parting message to the critics.
‘Sige, ikahiya nyo ang bansa nyo. Palibhasa, puro kayo ipokrito.’
Source: Mark Lopez