All This COVID

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, the entire world are under attack by this virus. Nations big and small, wealthy and not, fighting their own battles.

In the most broadcasted countries, you can see how much different cultures are. How different people are. We’re in Australia where our state is implementing a lockdown of sorts, with only four reasons to go out:

  • Shop for essentials
  • Exercise
  • Compassionate purpose
  • Work/study if this cannot be done from home

I am still working on some days and I have noticed how significantly people are not home. The roads are decongested, streets are quiet and even pollution has subsided. While good effects, my heart goes out to all people who have lost their jobs and are in a difficult time right now.

Our families on the other hand are back in the Philippines where an extended community quarantine is on. The ‘ECQ’ if I understand it correctly, actually limits the people out of the house to one per household. Schools and offices are mostly closed, inter-city travels banned with checkpoints and needing proof for any good reason to be even considered to cross these borders.

It sounds like a lot more intense but honestly we can’t help but wonder why it’s not working. One morning, my husband asked me what I thought of what’s happening in Manila.

Why are some people not following? Why are people all complaining politics on Facebook? Why this, why that? How is Vico doing that, why can’t we see others follow suit?

See, I’m not ever interested in politics and truth be told I have long lost faith in Philippine politics. But here were my thoughts:

  • Filipinos don’t trust the government. At all. And you can’t blame the countrymen. Years and years of corruption, leaders going astray and scandals. Nobody actually believes (regardless of who is in power) that there are true leaders who think of the country’s good and not his own.
  • President Duterte may possibly have good intentions at some point, but the cascading of the game plan isn’t well-executed and most likely there are so many hands dipping into any well-meaning resolutions.
  • Empty words. We all know this too well. Campaign slogans and speeches all too good to be true, because it is.
  • The Philippines cannot to look after everyone. This is where the poor class vs middle class saga came from. Why always send help to the poor when the middle class is also in hardship? The country cannot afford it. The country cannot give due fairness to all. Also, the biggest voting social class are the lower class, that can also play a part.
  • There is a disconnect between the rich and the poor, the lowly and the powerful. The rich and powerful will almost always get away with things–just like health workers needing to test asymptotic public officials in the comfort of their homes, ahead of others.

There is no quick solution. Changing the president regardless of how good anyone can be will not have the massive effect if we don’t ‘detoxify’ the entire system.

Unfortunately, that takes guts, hardwork, and more changes from the ground up. I have seen many writeups about Vico Sotto; while I personally don’t know if he’s corrupt or anything, he is restoring faith in his people. If more politicians take the same stance, we can start the change from our own city, and influence the higher ‘management’.

Governments need not have likeable politicians. All a country needs is a government that people believe in. That the government will have the people’s best interest in every decision they make, regardless of how awful it’s being presented, how differently views and choice of words may be.

Easier said than done.