By Ernie Reyes
MANILA — Senator Leila De Lima sought justice for all Filipinos who accordingly died of the deadly coronavirus due to alleged government incompetence and lackluster response that resulted in more than 13,000 deaths.
In a statement, De Lima said that the administration’s negligence and botched pandemic response to COVID-19 is deplorable
“Nakakakilabot mabasa ang iba’t ibang kuwento ng mga kababayan nating hindi man lang nabigyan ng angkop na lunas dahil puno na ang mga ospital. Hindi sila basta numero. Totoong tao, totoong buhay, totoong pamilyang naulila at nagdurusa. At bawat araw, parami nang parami rin ang mga mahal sa buhay nating tinatamaan ng virus, at nalalagay sa peligro ang buhay,” she said.
She said that we all know we could have done better if the so-called “leaders” we have been only prudent enough to act swiftly, were only committed enough to put a premium on the lives of Filipinos over their “friendly ties” with China, and were only conscientious enough to learn from and adopt the best practices that our neighbors have utilized to manage the spread of the virus.
“Nakalulungkot isipin na maraming buhay sana ang nailigtas kung naging mabilis at maagap ang pagtugon sa pandemya, kung nakinig tayo sa mga totoong eksperto at ipinairal ang solusyong medikal hindi militar,” De Lima said.
“As usual, sa iba ibinunton ang sisi: Kasalanan ng lahat maliban sa gobyerno. Kasalanan daw ng variant kaya dumadami ang kaso. Kasalanan daw ng mamamayang pasaway na labas nang labas. Kasalanan daw ng mayayaman na bansang nagdadamot ng bakuna,” she added.
She also reminded us again who decided to open up the economy without effective testing, tracing, and treatment system in place? “Or who “dropped the ball” in the vaccine negotiations? Or who downplayed the threat of the virus way back in February last year?”
”Mahigit isang taon na tayong nagdurusa sa pandemya pero ang tanging solusyon ng gobyerno ay LOCKDOWN. Walang katapusang lockdown,” she said.
De Lima added: “We’re a year into the pandemic with nothing to show for it aside from a crumbling economy and a healthcare system on the brink of total collapse. We’re worse off than where we were a year ago. If the Duterte regime still insists that they are doing an excellent job, then they truly are delusional and unfit to hold office.”
“We deserve better! The day of reckoning will come. Justice will be served. Panagutin ang mga palpak at pabaya sa tungkulin,” she ended. (AI/MTVN)