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The public's health and welfare should always be the priority, according to former Vice President Jejomar Binay.

"If only the administration acted with the same focus, efficiency and resolve early last year, we would not be in the sordid situation we are in now," he said.

Binay said cconomic managers claim that easing restrictions would mitigate hunger, poverty, and unemployment. Ironically, record-high hunger, poverty and unemployment can be attributed to the administration’s colossal failure to immediately contain the virus early last year. 

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"The ideal scenario is for government to relax quarantine restrictions alongside an infusion of economic relief and the mass vaccination of citizens," he said.

He noted that Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan, Cambodia are among the countries that have started vaccinating their citizens. They "may be poorer than us, but obviously they are more efficient and adept at handling the crisis and making the welfare of their people as a priority. Tayo, nganga pa rin," he said.

The handling - or mishandling - of vaccine procurement joins the long list of examples of poor management during this pandemic. 

Wala na ngang ayuda, wala pang bakuna. Kung ganito ang sitwasyon natin pagkaraan ng halos isang taon na lockdown, huwag na tayong magtaka kung bakit huling makakabangon ang ating ekonomya sa Southeast Asia.


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