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Fri. May 14th, 2021

Duterte Also Rejects Advice to Resume Face-to-Face Classrooms

We Need More Politicians like Cebu Governor Gwen Garcia

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte rejected the advice of his own COVID-19 taskforce that urged the President to loosen lockdown restrictions across the Philippines. Even Francisco Duque, the only physician on the taskforce, composed mainly of military and police generals, said the Philippines was ready for the Modified General Community Quarantine, MGCQ. Duque, by the way, is a Presidential Cabinet Secretary and head of the Philippine Department of Health.


Frankly, I thought that Duterte would actually loosen his strict lockdowns that have been going on for almost a year. However, when I read that his so-called closest advisor, Senator Bong Go, who is neither a doctor nor an economic scholar, was whispering in the President’s ear, I feared the worst.

I was right. Duterte went against all the advice of his own self-appointed experts and listened to Go who didn’t want a return to looser restrictions or the resumption of face-to-face classes.

Go wants a rollout of vaccines in the Philippines before he believes restrictions in the Philippines should be lifted. Vaccines were originally going to arrive in the Philippines by this mid-February.

Because of delays caused by the lack of proper paperwork, the only vaccines that might come to the Philippines by March 2021 are those from China. Furthermore, those 600,000 Chinese Sinovac vaccines won’t be used on seniors over 65 or front liners fighting the coronavirus.

Why? Because Sinovac only had tested for a 50.4 efficacy rate in Brazil.

Moreover, a study showed that only 18% of Filipinos trust any vaccine from China.

Philippine Senator Frank Drilon recently opined, “Just like the way the COVID-19 pandemic was handled, there’s a mismanagement in the handling of the supply agreements.”

The madness continues.

We Need More Politicians like Cebu Governor Gwen Garcia

It’s sad that more politicians in the Philippines aren’t more like Cebu Governor Gwen Garcia. Governor Garcia  released a message last Friday in a press conference.

“My message is don’t mess with us, we can take care of ourselves. I will not and never again accept a lockdown. I will fight for Cebu and the Cebuanos because Cebu is moving on and moving forward,” Garcia stressed.

Garcia said this after three medical consultants of the Department of Health (DOH) wanted to place Cebu to lockdown status following a so-called “Cebu variant”.

Governor Garcia has also loosened travel restrictions for tourists to Cebu.

Cebu will no longer require swab tests for the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) from visitors entering the province.

Furthermore, visiting Cebu province will only require a doctor’s medical certificate and prebooking of hotel accommodations.

Unfortunately, Cebu Province’s jurisdiction, however, does not include the tri-cities of Cebu, Mandaue and Lapu-Lapu. These cities are still requiring swab tests.

With reporting from the News Inquirer and Cebu Daily News

By The Kano

POST AUTHOR: "THE KANO." Dave DeWall, "The Kano", is the Publisher & Editor-in-Chief of "Philippines Plus" in publication since August 2009. He is also the CEO of Lizard Poop Productions and author of the best-selling guide book "The Philippines Expat Advisor." Dave moved to the Philippines in July 2009 from Central Illinois with his lovely wife of over 21 years, "The Sainted Patient Wife." The couple reside in a rural province in Western Visayas, Guimaras. The small island province is said to have the sweetest mangoes in the world. They do not have any children but are the proud owners of eight active canines, including a Belgian Malinois called "Killer" "Killer" has bitten five people over the years along with one goat and a carabao. "Killer" doesn't like strangers. Or goats. Or carabaos.

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