‘COVID lockdownsary’ highlight Duterte and DOH’s failed pandemic response

“One year after the COVID-19 militarist lockdown, we are back to square one — rising COVID-19 cases with new variants, new uniformed curfews and granular lockdowns in cities, no aid and livelihood for the pandemic-fatigued population. It’s a like very bad case of Déjà vu. Everything that has happened in 2020 will likely repeat but on a worse level. We can only highlight Duterte’s failed pandemic response. Palpak si Duterte, palpak si Duque. Dapat silang managot.”

KMP said our weary health workers and the most vulnerable sectors — farmers, workers, youth, and urban poor will continue to suffer the uncertainties of this raging pandemic.

We are on our 366th day of quarantine and lockdown, the longest in the world, and yet COVID-19 cases in the country are alarmingly rising. COVID in the Philippines is now at 626,893 confirmed cases, more than 12,000 deaths, and more than half a million recoveries. The spiking COVID-19 cases are disturbing. Unfortunately, the government can only think of curfews and quarantines as solutions. Almost 15, 230 health workers were infected with COVID-19, 82 of which died.

“Nauulit lang ang mga nangyari noong 2020 — walang mass testing, walang ayuda sa masa at walang konkretong pangkalusugang tugon sa COVID,” according to Danilo Ramos, chairperson of KMP.

A year into this pandemic, it is only now that President Duterte realizes the necessity of providing free masks to the poor population. Our doctors, nurses and health workers who perished in the line of duty while battling COVID-19 did not sacrifice their lives for this joke of a President that is Duterte. Duterte and his taskforces and czars are all accountable for our situation.

Anakpawis Partylist and KMP will lead localized protest action in farms, peasant and urban poor communities to denounce the Duterte government’s failed pandemic response, lacking health services, no free mass testing, and free, safe, and effective mass vaccination for health workers and priority sectors. ###

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