A former De La Salle History professor compared the noisy critics of the Duterte administration’s handling of the covid pandemic to the very popular but now defunct “Laban-Bawi” segment of Eat Bulaga.
Former De La Salle History professor Van Ybiernas opened the FB post by acknowledging that the Philippines has now more than 100K cases of covid but registered only 2K+ deaths. However, there are more than 100M Filipinos in terms of population.
On Facebook, Ybiernas asked: ‘Ano ang dahilan?’
Ybiernas answered, ‘Dahil daw palpak ang ating pamahalaan.’
I imagined Ybiernas raising his eyebrow while throwing a series of questions to perfectly set up the fatal punch that took out the wind out of the anti-administration critics:
‘Ganun ba? E ano kaya ang masasabi ni Angela Merkel dito? Doble ng bilang ng kaso ng Covid sa bansa ang meron sa Germany (211k) at lampas 9k ang patay. 83 milyon lang ang populasyon nila.’
‘E ang Canada ni Trudeau? 38 milyon lang halos ang populasyon pero halos 117k ang Covid cases at halos kasing dami ng Germany (9k) ang patay.’
‘Sa France in Macron kaya? 188k ang Covid cases at lampas 30k ang patay! 67 milyon lang ang populasyon nyan.’
Here’s the fatal blow I said earlier that Ybiernas threw at the anti-administration critics, ‘Aba’y kung sablay ang “populist” na lider ng ating bansa, e di mas sablay ang mga liberal democrats ng Europa at Norte Amerika!’
‘Mass testing daw ang solusyon!’ Ybiernas noted the cry of the wokes and the Opposition.
Ybiernas also cited the experience of Russia who is not doing well either.
’27 million tests na ang nagawa ng Rusya. Ang resulta? 850k cases at 14k deaths. Populasyon ng Rusya ay 144 milyon.’
Ybiernas also mentioned Germany having conducting 8M tests and urged the reader to refer to the stats he already stated above.
‘Germany ay nagkaroon ng 8 milyon na tests. Nabanggit na sa itaas ang statistic nila.’
At this juncture, Ybiernas asked the $1M question which I pictured the anti-administration critics scampering towards their refs to get a glass of water.
‘Ano pa ang solusyon ng mga kontra-gobyerno na contestants sa Laban-Bawi?’
Ybiernas cited an example why he compared the anti-administration critics to Laban-Bawi contestants.
‘Mali daw ang ECQ nang mag-ECQ ang gobyerno. Pero ngayon tama na daw ang ECQ.’
Another inconsistency of the anti-administration critics Ybiernas noted is they want the Duterte admin to follow Vietnam’s lead in handling covid but having the covid positives isolated in military camp is wrong, which is what Vietnam is doing.
‘Sundin daw ang Vietnam. Pero mali daw ang pag-isolate (sa mga kampong militar) sa mga may Covid, na siyang ginawa ng Vietnam. Mali daw yun, kapateeeeeeeeeeeed.’
In addition, Vietnam is against mass testing. According to Ybiernas, the last count was around 300K tests for a nation of 90M people.
‘Tapos kontra din ang Vietnam sa mass testing. Ang huling ulat nasa 300k tests lang ang Vietnam para sa isang bansa na 90 milyon ang populasyon.’
This is in contrast to the Philippines which conducted more than 1M tests. ‘Lampas 1 milyong tests na ang Pilipinas!’
On why the government was against mass testing? Ybiernas called critics stupid. He recalled the government said from the start that we should trust our experts. They know who to test and who not to test, when to test or not.
‘E bakit daw kontra tayo dati sa mass testing?
Tanga! Ang sabi namin noon ay pagtiwalaan natin ang mga eksperto. Sila ang nakakaalam kung dapat ba o hindi, at kung sakali ay kelan dapat, mag mass testing.’
Another consideration which Ybiernas recalled having said it, which is also the same as Malaysia’s stance on mass testing, is that the people might have false sense of security. They might have this thinking since the numbers of covid cases are low, they will lower their guard down by disregarding the safety precautions.
‘Ang ilang konsiderasyon dati —na nabanggit ko din— ay kagaya ng sabi ng Malaysia na baka magkaroon ng false sense of security ang taumbayan bunga ng mass testing, na isipin nila tutal nagmass testing na at mababa ang bilang ng infected sa Covid ay pwede na nila bale-wala-in ang safety precautions.’
Ybiernas shared his observation in South Korea where is based now. He said many Koreans stopped wearing mask perhaps because of the humid weather since it is summer there. They started to get complacent after the mass testing and the cases of covid in South Korea is low, so they started to think that it is okay not to follow the safety precautions.
‘Actually, nakikita ko iyan dito sa Korea. Dumarami na ang hindi nagsusuot ng mask kasi siguro summer dito at maalinsangan (di naman talaga masyadong mainit). Kumpiyansa na sila na nakapag-mass testing na at mababa ang Covid sa Korea kaya pwede na huwag sundin ang safety precautions.’
Ybiernas took a swipe at critics he described intelligent summa cum laude graduate of Facebook University – especially the communist morons – are the ones who know the solution of covid. He said the communist morons are very certain that they will not get covid that is why they keep holding rallies.
‘Yung mga matatalinong summa cum laude gradweyt ng Facebook University —lalo na ang mga bugok na komunista— lang naman talaga ang nakakaalam ng solusyon sa Covid. Siguradong sigurado nga ang mga bugok na hindi sila tatablan ng Covid kahit rally sila ng rally.’
‘Iba talaga ang mga bugok! Maski ano ibabato basta makabato lang!’ Ybiernas lamented how pathetic the anti-administration critics’ strategy.
Source: Van Ybiernas