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'The first collateral damage in this pandemic are the other patients stricken with diseases not related to COVID-19, but are just as deserving of life-saving care'
How are the 16,000 households in Baseco, Manila facing looming virus outbreaks while simultaneously suffering the impact of sudden income and job losses?
'No other job in the world leaves you wanting to do more for those in your care, sometimes at the cost of your own peace of mind'
'It's harmful when one keeps silent about his or her travel history, or the truth about being exposed to a PUM/PUI.... These days, silence kills more than ever'
'We must begin with the kind of mind that links our personal circumstances with the public experience'
'There would be a lot less flak being hurled at public officials if there was a stronger perception of focused leadership from the top. Hell, ANY kind of leadership from the top.'
'Leaders need to be given the space to say shocking things, to be upfront about what might go wrong, to change their minds in the face of new evidence, and to pick the lesser of two evils'
'There is always time for politics. But respect is what we need in these trying moments.'
'Being passive, insensitive, and ignorant has no positive contribution to this crisis'
'Because of the lockdown, students might only get to see their loved ones via gadgets – if they have one and if their internet connection permits'
'The way I respond to this crisis will surely test my competence as a physician, but more importantly, it will reflect the kind of human being I am'
'Having the time to comfortably work from home because of the health crisis – and still expecting the same salary at the end of the month – is a privilege on its own'
'We are required to stay put in our own houses, yet a lot of us would not feel safe nor at home. Having a toxic relative is an unfortunately normal part of Filipino family life.'
'With an overcrowding rate of 350%, the Philippines has the most congested correctional system in the world. If one of the PDLs gets infected in the congested jails, it could be a catastrophe.'
Lost in the moralism of these celebrities and their supporters is the state of the working class
'Not a lot of upper-class and middle-class Filipinos realize how good they have it in the midst of this lockdown. They forget to check their privilege, and come off as incredibly insensitive and narrow-minded.'
'US imperialism, Chinese imperialism, the Duterte administration, and the CPP-NPA-NDFP can become tactical allies, even if strange bedfellows, against the coronavirus'
'As a kidney transplant patient, my husband has to take anti-rejection drugs. These drugs weaken my husband’s immune system.'
'If you have OFW friends and family who are having a hard time understanding the situation, please do check on them by sending a message or calling'
After this pandemic, the gap between the rich and the poor will still remain
'I love the Philippines. I love the people in it.... So I will not turn a blind eye when government incompetence makes these people suffer even more.'
'To young people now, this could be THE moment you will later remember most, and later tell your children about, as Martial Law was to mom and dad, or the Occupation was to grandfather and grandmother'
'It’s a very dangerous game we play when resiliency is our only card'
'There was a part of me that wanted to stand in front of the checkout aisles and shout at all the folks nursing their loaded carts: STOP IT! STOP BEING SO SELFISH! Andaming nagugutom sa mundo!'
'Allow the scare to go on long enough and only the businesses with adequate capital and little debt will be able to see the end of the tunnel'
Small talk is defined in the German version of Wikipedia as 'Eine beiläufige Konversation ohne Tiefgang' (a casual conversation with no depth) – with emphasis on the last two words
'In Maria Ressa’s tweet was a key to progress on gender issues – the recognition that authentic empowerment of one gender cannot exist at the expense of another'
'Having clean air, water, and soil means that we can become who we have always wanted to be'
'No matter which side you're on, it's wrong to make people feel unsafe for believing in the things they do, or feel that they are lesser than you for not believing in what you believe'
'I realized that activism does not always need to be performed publicly, that some kinds of activism are not obvious'
How does our podcast guest fend off all the nosy titas looking for a baby bump?
'On troll-ridden social media, I expected the security guard to be crucified. But instead, I saw comments not only sympathetic, but even empathetic, to the man'
Have you ever been told to 'be objective,' or that you're 'too biased in your political views'?
'I am mentally and emotionally driven to keep going after small and big wins'
'I realized that online learning is not exactly a worst case scenario'
'Yes, the road to freedom will be filled with inconveniences and sacrifices, but the rewards that lie ahead are still worth fighting for'
'They are the ones who remain when others leave us. They are the ones who offer consolation when the world rejects us.'
The People Power Revolution was neither peaceful nor bloodless
'Three years in jail have not broken Senator Leila. Ten more years won’t break her.'
'Now's the best time to give ourselves an immunity shot to avoid succumbing to misinformation, malice, and meanness'
We speak with a couple that practices polyamory. How complex is their arrangement? Does jealousy rear its ugly head?
'As her mother, I will still continue to worry and fear for her safety, but I will also stand tall knowing my daughter is doing something right and kind and humane'
'Even the lowest village leader knows that a fearful public is political tinder'
His melancholic voice woke me in the middle of my deep sleep. 'Inday, pwede ba naku pangayuon imung kidney? (May I ask for your other kidney?)'
'This repetitive arrogance and ignorance from our officials shows us that the government doesn’t seem to have a stance on or plan for the wellbeing of the nation'
Are metal straws and tumblers doing more harm than good? Find out what our latest podcast guest has to say!
'As someone who has often been mistaken for Chinese, I knew that I had to be prepared, not just for the coronavirus, but for the xenophobia and racism that came with it'
'When the first doctor told us that he had 6 months to live, we wouldn’t hear of it.... We never wasted time and sought all possible means for our father to survive.'
'Imagine Filipinos who barely know how governments work trying to understand how an international health emergency would affect them'