COVID-19 reproduction rate sa NCR, muling tumaas; panibagong surge pinangangambahan – OCTA

Robie de Guzman   •   July 22, 2021   •   373

MANILA, Philippines – Nagbabala ang OCTA Research team hinggil sa posibilidad ng muling pagkakaroon ng COVID-19 surge dahil sa tumataas na namang reproduction rate sa National Capital Region (NCR).

Ayon sa OCTA Research team, umaabot ngayon sa 1.15 ang reproduction rate sa NCR na mas mataas kumpara sa 0.91 noong nakaraang linggo.

Ibig sabihin, higit na sa isang tao ang maaaring mahawa ng isang nag-positibo sa COVID-19.

Ayon kay OCTA Research Fellow, Dr. Guido David, ang nakikitang pagtaas ngayon ay kagaya umano noong panahon na nagkaroon ng COVID-19 surge sa bansa sa unang bahagi ng taon.

“We are seeing an increase which is similar to the increase we saw last February,” ani David.

Naniniwala si David na ang pagkalat ng Delta variant ang isa sa mga sanhi ng muli na namang pagtaas ng kaso ng COVID-19 sa bansa.

“Based on the evidence that there are local cases of the Delta variant in Manila and the NCR, there is sufficient cause to suspect na at least part of this is driven by the Delta variant,” ani David.

Kapag muling tumaas ang kaso ng COVID-19, mapupuno ang mga ospital at mangangailangan muli ng mas maraming facility beds at manpower ang mga ospital lalo na sa NCR Plus areas.

Kaya panawagan ng grupo sa pamahalaan, pabilisin ang COVID-19 response at agad magpatupad ng mga hakbang upang mapigilan ang lubhang pagtaas ng mga kaso.

“Maybe it’s too early to call it a surge pero we should not wait for it to become a surge before we act on it. It’s better if we are cautious. We act on this now and make preparations, interventions,” dagdag pa niya.

Bagaman hindi pa makumpirma sa ngayon kung mayroon nang local transmission ng Delta variant, sinabi ni Health Secretary Francisco Duque III na may posibilidad na nangyayari na nga ito.

“As we ramp up our response, our capacities we need to assume na mayroon ng local transmission but there is yet no evidence to establish because investigations are ongoing to link this identified local cases to and international travelers who might have brought it here,” ani Duque.

Once you are able to establish that then mas maganda because of course it doesn’t mean only just because ma-link mo siya into a international traveller you let your guards down, you don’t, that’s why you continue to assume that there is transmission,” dagdag pa niya.

Tiniyak naman ng Department of Health na pinaghahandaan na ng pamahalaan ang posible pang pagtaas ng COVID-19 cases sa bansa.

Bukod sa oxygen supply ay nagdagdag na rin ng hospital beds sakaling dumami ang mga pasyenteng kailangang i-admit sa mga pagamutan.

Sa kasalukuyan ay nasa 47 na ang naitatalang kaso ng Delta variant sa bansa. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Aiko Miguel)

Duterte says NPA rebels may get excess supply of COVID-19 vaccine

Robie de Guzman   •   January 25, 2022

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte said he will allow members of the New People’s Army (NPA) access to COVID-19 vaccine only if there is an excess supply.

During his taped meeting with some officials aired on Tuesday, Duterte said spare vaccine jabs can be given to NPA rebels so they can also get protection against the viral disease.

“Pagka may sobra, kung may sobra lang, hindi kayo puwedeng unahin kay kalaban kayo sa gobyerno,” he said.

“Tingnan lang ninyo at kung may sobra, ‘di ano. Pero tawagan ninyo na muna ako na kung may sobra, ibigay ninyo sa NPA para hindi ma-COVID-19,” he added.

During the meeting, Duterte also renewed his call on NPA rebels to surrender and avail of the government’s housing and skills training program for rebel returnees.

“This is my order to the military: If they want to surrender, give them the chance to surrender properly,” he said.

“I’ll give you a house, I’ll give you a job, temporary, may suweldo ka na. Kung wala kang alam sa skills, mag-enroll ka muna… sila ‘yung TESDA, magturo sa iyo kung anong klaseng trabaho gusto mo, technical, turuan kayo,” he added.

“Tapusin na natin ito, tutal sinubukan naman natin ‘yang barilan, wala mang nangyari,” he further said.

COMELEC releases ballot face for 2022 elections

Robie de Guzman   •   January 25, 2022

MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) on Tuesday released the final ballot face for the May 2022 national and local elections.

The ballot contains the names of 10 presidential aspirants and nine vice presidential bets. It also includes the names of 64 senatorial candidates.

The presidential aspirants included in the final ballot face are listed in the following order:

  • Abella, Ernie
  • De Guzman, Leody
  • Domagoso, Isko Moreno
  • Gonzales, Norberto
  • Lacson, Ping
  • Mangondato, Faisal
  • Marcos, Bongbong
  • Montemayor, Jose Jr.
  • Pacquiao, Manny Pacman
  • Robredo, Leni

The names of vice presidential bets included in the ballot are the following:

  • Atienza, Lito
  • Bello, Walden
  • David, Rizalito
  • Duterte, Sara
  • Lopez, Manny SD
  • Ong, Doc Willie
  • Pangilinan, Kiko
  • Serapio, Carlos
  • Sotto, Vicente Tito

The final ballot face also includes 178 party-list groups.

Ballot faces for other areas have also been uploaded by the COMELEC on its website.

Duterte threatens to name ‘corrupt’ presidential bet

Robie de Guzman   •   January 25, 2022

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte has threatened to spill some information about the presidential aspirants and who among them is allegedly ‘most corrupt’.

In a taped speech aired on Tuesday, Duterte said he will bare some details and “what’s wrong” with the presidential bets in the 2022 elections “in due time.”

“I will personally name the candidates and maybe what’s wrong with them na kailangan malaman ng tao because you are electing a president, sino ‘yung pinaka-corrupt na candidato,” he said.

Duterte said the information came “from everybody” and from “personal experience.”

While he did not specify names, Duterte said there is a ‘very corrupt’ aspirant who cannot become president.

“Mayroon diyan, talagang hindi pwede maging president,” he said.

“Mayroon naman diyan na presidente, pero masyadong corrupt. Kala lang kasi tao malinis, pero yung mga transaction, business sa kaniya, official business, pati yung mga chinese nagreklamo na masyadong corrupt,” he added.

Another contender, he said, is a bit lacking in experience, and doesn’t even seem to know the “fundamentals” of what a person who wants to be president should know.

“Medyo kulang talaga. Kulang na kulang. Everyday may sasabihin siya na mali o maski the fundamentals of what a person na gustong mag-president dapat,” he said.

Duterte stressed that he is not politicking and that he only wants to reveal this to let the people know about these issues.

“I’m talking to you as your president. Kailangan ilalabas ko kasi we are talking of elections, we are talking of our country and the next rulers, so to say, so to speak,” he said.

“Walang personalan ito… Nothing at stake for me, wala talaga akong rason bakit maghanap ako ng kalaban,” he added.

Duterte has yet to endorse a candidate for the presidential race.

His daughter, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte, is running for vice president in tandem with Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.

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