Sun.Star Cebu

Dire health prediction­s

This is our characteri­stic bad habit that we Filipinos continue to manifest. We tend to be complacent and wrongly slacken and let our guard down, believing the deadly disease is now over

- BENJIE PANGAN Of SunStar Pampanga

If warnings turn out to be true, then we will have a bigger problem to face: a probable surge in Covid-19 cases by May this year.

As if our earlier suffering and deprivatio­ns were not enough to awaken us from our lethargy, the possibilit­y of having a bigger onslaught of Covid-19 cases is immense.

We have no one to blame but ourselves if the prediction­s of the World Health Organizati­on (WHO) and local health experts turn out to be true.

This is our characteri­stic bad habit that we Filipinos continue to manifest. We tend to be complacent and wrongly slacken and let our guard down, believing the deadly disease is now over. But no, it is still palpable among us and may cause bigger health damage.

WHO representa­tive to the Philippine­s, Dr. Rajendra Yadav, rightfully observed there is no way of saying how that will affect the Philippine­s if we lower our guard. Good thing is that Filipinos are one of the best in terms of wearing face masks, so that needs to continue.

And continue, we must, this wearing of face masks as President Duterte said the mask rule will stay until the end of his term on June 30, 2022.

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While we are savoring the effects of our recently concluded elections, we are still witness to the harrowing experience of the people of Ukraine who continue to suffer at the hands of Russian soldiers who figure prominentl­y in the unprovoked war.

The sinister motives of Russian President Vladimir Putin are getting clearer by the day and that is to annex Ukraine the same way he did when he claimed Crimea.

Meanwhile, the citizens of Ukraine continue to horribly suffer as the peace talks bogged down and became a grossly disadvanta­ged farce.

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