Duterte’s threat of ‘arrest’ of unvaccinated only serves to divide us, the faster for the virus to kill us — De Lima

Duterte’s threat of ‘arrest’ of unvaccinated only serves to divide us, the faster for the virus to kill us — De Lima

By Ernie Reyes

MANILA — Most people would say that, when the going gets tough, the tough get going. But here, in the Philippines, it is more apt to say that whenever hard times strike, we, Pinoys, stick together.

“Kaya nga may kasabihan tayo, Anuman ang tibay ng piling abaka, ay wala ring lakas kapag nag-iisa. Kaya matibay ang walis, palibhasa’y nabibigkis,” De Lima said.

“I am reminded of this, as I read the news that Octa Research has projected that the positivity rate in Metro Manila, may surpass 50% these coming days. This means that five out of every ten who get tested, will come out positive,” she added.

For context, De Lima explained that the highest recorded positivity rate before the current surge had been in April 2021, at “just” 21%. “As it is, the DOH’s Saturday bulletin already recorded a 43.7% positivity rate out of 77,004 cases, kung saan ang pinakamataas ay sa NCR na may 16,233 daily cases reported.” (ai/mtvn)

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