STATEMENT OF SENATOR HONTIVEROS ON 1 MILLION COVID-19 CASES
MANILA – (April 26, 2021) – Ngayon, higit isang milyon na ang mga dahilan kung bakit kailangan nang palitan ang mga namamahala ng IATF-NTF. Hindi tayo dapat umabot sa ganito.
Habol-hininga na ang publiko sa kakahabol sa gobyerno. Buong taon, paulit-ulit ang mga panawagan ng lehislatura at ng taumbayan na magkaroon ng systematic testing, tracing, treating, isolation, at treatment, ngunit hindi tayo pinapakinggan.
The current IATF-NTF has used more of its time repackaging data for PR purposes than hitting any of our targets. Wala man lang makabuluhang pagbabago, ulit, noong ECQ. Walang increase in testing, walang strengthening in contact tracing, at walang mass hiring of health workers. Five regions in the country, even those outside the ‘bubble’, are already running out of ICU beds. Filipinos might soon have nowhere to run to during emergencies.
The World Health Organization already rang the alarm that we are headed toward the red line, in which the number of COVID-19 cases exceeds the capacity of the healthcare system. What we are currently seeing in India is a frightening warning of what might happen to us if we reach the red line.
The IATF-NTF’s failed leadership will literally suffocate the country. If we want to hold on to the hope of a new normal, we need to make drastic changes. Kung may natitira pa silang hiya at malasakit sa taumbayan, dapat maghanap na ng kapalit ang liderato ng IATF-NTF. For the sake of all our lives, overhaul the IATF-NTF and call in the real experts. ###