“WAG kayong excited sa Pasko dahil sigurado ako, ang Pasko darating. Di lang ako sigurado kung makikita mo pa ang Pasko. ‘Wag atat… ‘wag n’yo bibiruin si COVID dahil di siya nagbibiro. Totodasin kayo nyan at lahat ng pagsisisi nasa huli.”
This was the serious warning of Manila City Mayor Isko Moreno, as he lamented that lately, a lot of Manileños were showing signs of being lax, engaging in drinking sessions, crowding indoors and outdoors and holding parties left and right.
“Marami pang Pasko, Bagong Taon at piyestang darating. Bakit ba kayo atat? Bakit ba tayo nagmamadali? Mag-disiplina kayo at pagmalasakitan ang inyong sarili dahil ‘yung kinabukasan ng mga anak natin na pinagsisikapan nating mairaos ang mapapariwara pag nawala tayo sa mundong ibabaw,” Moreno said.
The mayor said that discipline and health protocols must be observed everywhere and every time and the residents must bear in mind that the pandemic is still here, that it is caused by COVID-19 and that COVID remains deadly and continues to claim lives.
“Magdugo na ang tenga ninyo sa kakaulit ko. Pinaaalahanan ko kayo na may panganib pa,” he added.
According to Moreno, his repeated calls stem from continuously hearing real-life experiences of patients who either survived or are still fighting COVID-19, even as he advised the residents not to believe stories they hear from their neighbors or rumor mongers that COVID is gone or that they could be immune to it. ANDI GARCIA
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