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#TalkOnTW: Netizens react on the administration’s efficiency in handling COVID-19

“They had the chance to prevent the crisis from escalating further but no, their priority is misplaced somewhere else and not with their constituents. No would be an understatement.”

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Netizens are on another level of frustration upon hearing President Duterte’s nation address last Monday, April 6, 2020. 

It has been two weeks since the Congress granted the President with temporary emergency powers to manage the ongoing COVID-19 crisis in the Philippines. Everyone was expecting that in the president’s second weekly report, he would clarify not only the details regarding the distribution of the emergency cash aid to low-income families, but also some other steps on handling the crisis. The productivity of his plans, however, was questioned by the people who actually took time to listen and exhaust the information from his usual tirade-filled speech. 

On the same night, TomasinoWeb’s #TalkOnTW series launched an online discussion on the efficiency of the administration’s health crisis master plan. Here are a few of the noteworthy opinions of Twitter netizens: 

“I don’t think so. Pag sinabi kasing efficiently something that is with competence eh. Pero ayun wala pa ring concrete plans. Sobrang scattered lahat. Maybe they’re trying pero hanggang kelan na ganito??” 

“Absolutely not. The most important questions have never been answered until now. Where’s the gov’t aid? What happened sa P276B? Why is everything delayed? Para saan pa yung extension ng ECQ kung hindi rin naman naha-handle nang mabuti yung sitwasyon.”

“They had the chance to prevent the crisis from escalating further but no their priority is misplaced somewhere else and not with their constituents. No would be an understatement.”

“obviously not, ilang address na ba ang binigay nya na halos wala tayong mapigang sagot mula sa kanya? pahirapan lahat. tapos ano? sa dulo, tayo ang kawawa. health crisis ang issue, bakit taliwas doon ang kanyang pinagsasabi. tama ba yun.” 

“This could’ve been prevented in the first place if they have banned China travelers. No. There is no sense of urgency for the Filipinos who need it the most.”

“To be honest, “no” is an understatement. This administration is consistent on one thing and one thing only: incompetence.”

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Even with the passage of the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act or the RA 11469, the essence of “bayanihan” can hardly be seen within the people governing the country. With the increasing number of COVID-related cases and deaths, some still had the time to consider this pandemic as a “competition.” Twitter user @timothy_casuga sees the need for unity during this crisis: 

“Absolutely not, if the government is working together, combined forces, instead of wars and [political] issues, we would move on with this health crisis, if not solved, more people would be affected. We need unity, not the issues rising from every person from the government.” 

The newest strain of the coronavirus has forced our citizens to face the fear of the unknown and to open questions about what will kill them first: the virus, the hunger, or the mismanagement of the government in combating the pandemic. Frankly, no one was ever ready to face this health crisis, but the lack of concrete plans of the government has once again questioned the capability and competence of our leaders. 

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#TalkOnTW: What were you doing last March 9?

“‘Stay safe and see you next week!'”

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Last March 9, 2020, Mayor Isko “Moreno” Domagoso suspended classes for a week amidst the growing cases of Covid-19 in the Philippines. This caused students to go back to their hometowns, unaware of what’s to come in the following months.

Ever since the suspension of classes last year, life has never been the same. The pandemic changed the way we used to live and think about our daily lives. Despite the developments on the Covid-19 vaccine, it seems as if we’re far from going back from the lives we used to live.

Yesterday, we asked the Thomasian community in the recent #TalkOnTW to tell their stories on the last day of the normal we used to know.

After classes were suspended, Twitter user @mellalinsolis woke up to the announcement.

“Went home and took a nap tapos pag gising ko, suspended na pala”

On the other hand, Twitter users @blondedraf and @patriciakahanap attended their classes despite the dreary day that they thought were ahead of them.

“If I remember it correctly kakatapos ko lang magdusa sa econ nung pumutok yung announcement”

“Pumasok kahit walang tulog at may sakit #TalkOnTW”

Twitter user @maaarshan was in the University’s Central Laboratory preparing for an experiment that never pushed through.

“nasa central lab busy na pinagsisiksik yung saba sa vials para sa experiment na hindi rin pala natuloy”

While many students were attending their classes, some of them including Twitter users @moxlicityreigns and @roby_lacanilao were attending to their academic and extracurricular affairs.

“probably with my friends sa ICS student council room in Ruano Building, we are about to pay for some merch in the incomeming IICS week”

“Kakabalik ko lang ng swimming attire (na hanggang ngayon di ko pa rin ngagamit HAHAHA) para sa PE tas natuwa ako kasi suspended. Di ako informed na magiging 1 year pala.”

Twitter users @liaaahfrancesca and @brdgtkv were headed to their respective dormitories after learning about the announcement.

“Asa bahay ako nagaayos ng gamit kasi babalik na dapat ako ng dorm sa gabi tas tuwang tuwa pa ko noon”

“andon sa condo panik ligpit kasi lockdown daw kinabukasan HABANABAHABBA”

Speaking of dormitories, Twitter users @REDMAD0NNA and @CrisseyPau headed to their respective friends’ place to spend one of the last non-socially distanced hangouts they will have in 2020.

“tulog sa dorm and as soon as i heard the news, i immediately packed what i can carry and commuted back to laguna tapos naka-attend pa ako ng pageant in my former school”

“Natulog sa sahig ng condo ni Dwayne.”

And if one has finally joined their friends, the usual course of events are to spend one’s allowance on food. Twitter user @reinerdale tells us his story.

“inubos ko pa baon ko non for the week para sa unli wings, huling baon ko na pala yon asdfjsvhnghj”

Whole some spent the remaining hours of the day with their friends, Twitter users @highsocksgwyn and @krtlwi decided to head straight home.

“Hinahanap pa kami ng prof namin sa p.e. pero nakasakay na ako ng jeep papuntang sakayan ng bus :>”

“I was at home in Muntinlupa. Pero my trip home was more interesting.

Pag natutulog ako sa bus, I always hold my fare on my hands para pag tinapik ako ng conduktor, iaabot ko nlng yung bayad. Pagdating ng alabang, lipat naman ng keep. Nung iaabot ko na yung bayad ko (1/2}”

He continues this story in his next tweet.

“Nagtaka ako kasi may 33 pesos pa ako sa kamay ko. i was like “sh*t!” i jumped in my seat sa jeep kasi i realized na nde ako nakapagbayad sa bus kasi nde ako nagising ni manong conductor. I planned on paying the next day but I didn’t know i won’t be riding a bus fr a long time.”

And before anything else, bidding your friends and colleagues the last greetings of the day is the most important of all. Twitter user @4M_Defenders” shares his short bittersweet greeting to his friends.

“I was at home messaging my friends “stay safe and see ya next week!” : )”

The pandemic has indeed brought us many challenges and many of them deal with academic and personal matters. However, we must keep our heads up to fight for a better tomorrow. Hopefully soon enough we’ll be able to hug our family and friends we have not seen in a long time.

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#TalkOnTW: Thomasians call for the suspension of classes

“Suspending classes frees them from both physical and mental burden as they recuperate from the trauma.”

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DISCLAIMER: The views and opinions expressed here do not necessarily reflect that of TomasinoWeb, its members, officers, and the University.

Three typhoons have recently passed the country, leaving significant damages especially to the last one that rained over the Philippine skies. As of November 16, 2020, more than 151,600 families were affected and at about P73.788 million is left in damages in the agricultural sector, all in Cagayan Valley alone. Many locations in the Philippines such as Marikina and Isabela were drastically affected by the typhoon bringing floods, rains, winds, and destruction. Netizens were quick to act in bringing awareness and a helping hand to Ulysses’s victims. 

Many concerns were brought up in the midst andi in the aftermath of the Ulysses such as the President’s absence to act on the issue and the urgency of the situation.

Because of the chilling consequences of the typhoon, many students called for the suspension of classes due to the damages it brought to the country..

Last Monday, we asked Thomasians netizens in the recent #TalkOnTW if classes must be suspended following the aftermath of Typhoon Ulysses. Majority of the responses resounded to a strong opposition to the question posted.

With this, Twitter user @juliiannex returned an important question where they asked if the student body will be heard by the people it is trying to reach out to.

“even if majority would obviously say no…. hahaha would our opinion matter?”

Many Thomasians responded with a more important question: should this be asked in a matter of a calamity in the middle of a pandemic? Twitter users @Danyeeel_, @Kaloyyskie, and @eddoreven expounds this more in their tweet.

“Hindi na dapat ‘to tinatanong. Wala naman mawawala sa’tin kung magiging makatao tayo, lalo na sa gitna ng pandemya at delubyo. #AcademicBreakNow #NoStudentLeftBehind

“The answer is very obvious yet the administration chose to be blind.”

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#SONA2020: Netizens react to this year’s state of the nation address

“A waste! Sayang oras ko. Sayang oras ng bansa sa kanya.”

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Every year, the president is tasked to deliver a speech at the Batasang Pambansa Complex to address the country on its whereabouts and the government’s plans for it in the near future. Despite the ravaging situation of the Philippines due to the pandemic, President Rodrigo Duterte insisted not breaking tradition to speak at the hall with few guests from the government and the administration itself. The president spoke about numerous topics. A few to mention are human rights, COVID-19, child labor, ABS-CBN, and the Build, Build, Build Program. While the president is expected to talk about his administration’s achievements from the past year, he failed to disclose this important part in this address yesterday to which where he promised to release a printed report of it soon.

Duterte’s speech yesterday received backlash because of the lack of substantive resolutions and updates to reassure the Philippines of its state and how the administration will lead the country in the following years to come. 

As of July 26, the Philippines has 83,000 known confirmed cases with 1,1974 deaths and 26,617 recoveries.

Yesterday, TomasinoWeb asked Thomasian netizens on their thoughts about this year’s State of the Nation Address. 

“NO THOUGHTS, JUST PURE RAGE & DISGUST”

“INSENSIBLE to the true state of our nation!
#TalkOnTW

“no concrete plans again. we shouldn’t call it SONA because of the fact it is his state of his own damn ego and for self serving interest only + impunity and authoritarianism.
he should resign or the masses shall overthrow him and his government???
#WAKASONA2020
#SONAgkaisa2020

“yet another show of incompetency from our dear president.”

“A waste! Sayang oras ko. Sayang oras ng bansa sa kanya.”

“IS THIS SONA OR YOUR ELECTION CAMPAIGN FOR YOUR ALLIES???!!!
GAHD!!!”

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While Duterte’s address failed to properly address the pressing issues in the Philippines, one must never forget to hold its officials accountable for their performance in handling the pandemic and among issues that coexist with it. Filipinos need and will continuously demand concrete plans, actions, and leadership from those who govern their country. The fight from the pandemic, human rights, and all other issues the country faces will continue until they get to what they are promised and what they truly deserve.

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