With a stricter lockdown set to begin tomorrow, Bulatlat is reposting our previous reports on how the government cannot rely solely on lockdown to curb the spread of the more transmissible, more deadly Delta Variant of COVID-19.
Bloodsucking by profession
By DEE AYROSO
Lab Notes | 6 crucial policies absent in latest IATF resolution
The latest IATF resolution released on Sunday lacks at least six policies that are crucial to addressing a worsening pandemic, especially when you are implementing a lockdown.
Relief volunteers, advocates say junking of charges ‘a vindication’
“Time and again, we have reminded authorities that neither the pandemic nor their grave ignorance of the law or dumb over-zealousness is an excuse to trample upon basic rights and curtail freedoms.” — NUPL
A year since lockdown, the poor struggles against homelessness
Instead of addressing homelessness, the Philippine government has recently lifted its earlier memorandum, ordering the postponement of demolition and eviction of poor communities.
Who is the real “pasaway”?
While the Duterte administration has implemented a two-week stricter lockdown, other legitimate demands raised by medical experts have been largely ignored. It must be pointed out that many of the recommendations have been articulated by several health NGOs since day 1 but, unfortunately, these have fallen on deaf ears.
In lockdown: Kings of the road sidelined
“We don’t want aid, what we need is to get our livelihood back. What can we get from the government’s aid? A few kilos of rice and cans of sardines? Those aren’t even enough to feed our family for a day. Our request is to get our livelihood back, we’re not expecting the government to help us, so can they at least allow us to help ourselves?”
COVID-19 virus exposes missing government
With billions of pesos at its disposal, from the nation’s coffers and from loans incurred in our name, this government still failed to institute even the minimum standards for COVID-19 response. Of the P380-billion COVID-19 budget under the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act, it has spent P12.32 billion for health or merely 3.2 percent of the total COVID-19 allocation.
Speak against darkness
While it is true that ordinary citizens are expected to maintain civility, speaking out should not be criminalized. We are being punished for demanding from government what it should have been doing in the midst of a health crisis.
People’s solidarity against abuse of authority: Making sense of the quarantine regime
The proclamation of the state of health emergency was hijacked by the government to dismantle people’s solidarities and put in place dictatorial rule that wiped out human, civil and political rights. Thus grotesquely rises, in the quasi-hobbesian sense, an all absorbing Leviathan.
Beyond the virus: COVID-19 Special Coverage
In-depth stories, analyses, features on the gov’t response to #COVID19PH, including state of public health system & impacts of #COVIDPHQuarantine on the most vulnerable.