Shameless Filipinos

We Filipinos should get our acts together as a nation, society and people. We should be ashamed of ourselves with this folly that is of our own creation. We should be working as one in dealing with the 2019-NCoV situation just like what China, Japan, South Korea, Singapore and other countries are doing.

I will go straight to the point. I agree that the discovery and eventual global spread of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-NCoV), beginning in Wuhan, China, which has since been on citywide lockdown, is indeed a major source of concern for all countries. It’s being a recently discovered type of pathogen means that the World Health Organization (WHO) and the health ministries of countries are starting from scratch, conducting research on the virus to come up with a vaccine and other types of medication while helping those afflicted by it to recover and preventing its further spread.

What I do not agree, however, is the way the Philippines and Filipinos have responded. While the rest of the world are joining forces and helping each other, Filipinos end up fighting with each other, politicizing the situation and even resorting to racist tendencies against the Chinese. To make matters worse, some mainstream media outlets, social media influencers, and, of all people, academics are adding more fuel to fire by creating more panic and hysteria in the form of skewed reportage and fake news, which are, unfortunately, not punishable offenses in the Philippines unlike in Singapore and Malaysia, where individuals who spread false information have been arrested and charged by authorities.

 Is this how shameless Filipinos have become? Is there really a sense of nationhood and humanity still left among Filipinos? It is like as if their never ending bickering and politicking will shield the Philippines from the spread of the 2019-NCoV, which knows no boundaries and nationalities.

 To make matters worse, even some government agencies do not see to be prepared to deal with situations such as the spread of dangerous pathogens.  There seems to be a lack of coordination among entities in charge of dealing with health-related concerns and those tasked to do communications-related work. No wonder the mainstream media outlets and social media influencers operating on a partisan agenda can openly exploit the situation like as if the Philippines is faring badly in dealing with the 2019-NCoV situation.

 It is ridiculous that we are acting like this as a nation, society and people. We are supposed to work together as one and face tough situations as one. Instead, we are shameless, dragging each other down like crabs. No wonder the Philippines is more like a Latin American banana republic that happens to be located in Asia.

 We Filipinos should get our acts together as a nation, society and people. We should be ashamed of ourselves with this folly that is of our own creation. We should be working as one in dealing with the 2019-NCoV situation just like what China, Japan, South Korea, Singapore and other countries are doing. We should calm down and do our part our keeping ourselves healthy, especially by practicing proper hygiene. It is also time for government to come up with a plan on how to deal with future health-related crises while they are resolving the current situation involving the 2019-NCoV.

 Grow up, have some balls and get real, mga kababayan!

 

 

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Benedict is an agricultural economist, academician and writer. He has gained experience and expertise in various fields of economics, business, political science and public relations after through professional ventures in the academe, and in the public and private sectors. He has authored or co-authored key publications on topics ranging from agriculture and food security to global affairs and politics.
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