Hontiveros: Spike in PH COVID cases not due to people's hardheadedness but lack of measures to fight the virus

Published June 22, 2020, 1:24 PM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Hannah L. Torregoza

Senator Risa Hontiveros on Monday said the increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in the country is not due to the Filipinos’ hardheadedness but the government’s lack of intensified measures to fight the pandemic.

Sen. Risa Hontiveros (Senator Risa Hontiveros / Facebook / MANILA BULLETIN)
Sen. Risa Hontiveros (Senator Risa Hontiveros / Facebook / File Photo / MANILA BULLETIN)

Hontiveros issued the statement after the Department of Health (DOH) reported 653 additional infections bringing the latest number of COVID-19 cases to more than 30,000.

“Realtalk: hindi ito dahil pasaway ang mga Pinoy (this is not because Filipinos are hardheaded),” Hontiveros said.

“Given the proper safeguards and correct measures, Filipinos will cooperate for our health and safety,” she said.

Hontiveros reiterated that the government should come up with better measures to stop the spread of the infection which they have been pushing for since the COVID-19 crisis started in the Philippines.

“What we need are effective and intensified health measures that we have been pushing for since day one: mass testing, protection for health workers, raising the line of our health system,” she said.

“Blaming Filipinos for the surge in cases distracts from the need to better our approach towards the pandemic.COVID-19 is first and foremost a health problem,” the senator said.