By Ernie Reyes
MANILA — Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go appealed to the public to
remain vigilant, cooperate, and strictly comply with the government’s
health measures against COVID-19 following the emergence of new
variants such as the reportedly more contagious Lambda variant.
During the launch of the 127th Malasakit Center at the Southern
Tagalog Regional Hospital in Bacoor City, Cavite, Go urged the public
to be patient and to take the government’s actions seriously, noting
that a single quarantine offender may infect many more individuals if
infected with the Lambda variant.
“At sa mga Pilipino naman po, nakikiusap kami sa inyo, habaan n’yo po
ang inyong pasensya, sumunod muna tayo sa mga quarantine protocols, at
sana po’y walang magpaespesyal. Pagsinabi po ng gobyerno, ng IATF
pitong araw, sumunod tayo. ‘Pag nasa ika-limang araw po ay ite-test,
sumunod po tayo,” said Go, referring to quarantine measures
implemented for returning Filipinos from so-called “Green countries”
and who are fully vaccinated, either in the Philippines or abroad.
“Isipin n’yo po, bawat isang positibo pagkumalat po ‘yang Lambda o
Delta variant na ‘yan, marami pong madadamay. ‘Yun po ang ayaw nating
mangyari na kumalat po itong sakit na ito at bumagsak na naman po ang
ating healthcare,” he added.
Lambda, the latest COVID-19 variant detected by the World Health
Organization, has now been found in at least 30 countries. It is
especially prevalent in South America, having first appeared in Peru
in August 2020 and now accounting for a growing number of cases in the
The variant is responsible for nearly 82 percent of COVID-19 case
samples identified in Peru in the months of May and June, per the Pan
American Health Organization.
It is categorized as a “variant of interest” instead of a “variant of
concern” by the WHO, suggesting that it has been identified as a
source of infection or has been detected in a number of countries.
Go assured the public that necessary measures and protocols being
imposed are based on good science, emphasizing that President Rodrigo
Duterte and the rest of the administration, with the help of health
experts, are working tirelessly to restore normalcy in the
“Kung babalik uli tayo noong Marso o noong Abril na nag-ECQ tayo, ang
mas mahihirapan po ‘yung mga mahihirap nating kababayan. ‘Yung mga
magsasara na negosyo, mawawalan na naman ng trabaho ‘yung mahihirap,
‘yung mga kababayan nating ‘isang kahig, isang tuka’. So kailangan po
ang kooperasyon ng bawat Pilipino… sumunod po tayo sa mga quarantine
protocols, at disiplina po ng bawat Pilipino ang kailangan,” the
“Para naman po ito sa kapakanan ng bawat Pilipino at para po ito sa
inyong lahat. Kaya kaunting tiis lang. Ginagawa ni Pangulong Duterte
ang lahat… Kami po, ginagawa namin ang lahat po. Nagseserbisyo naman
po kami sa inyo, 24/7 po iyan para po malampasan natin itong krisis na
ito,” he added.
Go also praised the Philippine National Police for doing its job in
enforcing the law while helping implement health protocols and other
COVID-19 prevention measures.
“Ako naman po, I commend the police. Kung wala pong manghuhuli,
tuluy-tuloy po ‘yung mga pasaway. Talagang tutuluyan sila at
huhulihin. So kung ayaw n’yong makulong at ayaw n’yong makasuhan,
sumunod tayo,” said Go.
“Kawawa po ‘yung Pilipino na gusto pong mabuhay pa. ‘Yung mga pasaway,
please lang… huwag po kayong mandamay ng kapwa n’yo Pilipino na
gusto lang pong mamuhay nang tahimik at mabuhay nang malusog at mawala
na po itong COVID-19,” he added.
“Sino ba namang magtutulungan kung hindi tayo lang po kapwa natin
Pilipino,” he ended. (ai/mtvn)