Against a Quarantine with Martial Law Characteristics
In March 2020, the people of the archipelago known as the Philippines were alarmed at the rate of local transmission of the disease known as COVID-19. On March 12, police and military forces were mobilized to enforce a community quarantine for the whole of Metro Manila scheduled to start on the midnight of March 15. This quarantine was later generalized for the whole island of Luzon, a population of some 53 million souls. That the mobilization of the state’s apparatus of violence was more noticeable than the mobilization of medical and social resources is telling of the administration’s priorities.
Apr 2, 2020
An Anarchist and Filipino Diaspora Perspective on the COVID-19 Pandemic
It has been 2–3 months since the COVID-19 virus had spread across the world infecting hundreds of thousands and killing tens of thousands, leading the World Health Organization (WHO) to declare it a pandemic. Within that span of time, places of work and schools here and abroad have shut down, effectively leaving people at risk of losing their jobs and becoming evicted from their homes.
Mar 30, 2020
Tiyak na nabago ang buhay mo sa pagdating ng virus. Bumuti o lalong naging masama ang lagay mo? KUNG SUMAMA ANG BUHAY MO, isa ka sa napakaraming mahihirap na dumaranas ngayon ng stress dulot ng pagkabahala sa impeksyon ng virus. Napa-praning dahil baka walang kainin ang pamilya at hindi makakilos upang makamit ang pangangailangan sa inyong bahay.
Mar 30, 2020
Una, nang lumala ang krisis, walang mass testing. Hindi raw kaya ng gobyerno. Hindi nila tuloy nalaman kung gaano kalala ang sitwasyon. Naubusan ng mga equipment ang mga ospital, kaya ang mga health worker na nag-aalaga, nagkasakit at pinauwi. Kada araw, nadadagdagan ang mga nagkakasakit, nauubusan na sila ng espasyo para sa bagong pasyente. Habang may mga politiko na kahit retirado na agad pinagpa-test, may mga namamatay nang hindi nalalaman kung COVID nga ang ikinamatay. Kapag may umaalma, may nagreklamo, pinaparatangan at inaaresto agad bilang terorista.
Mar 29, 2020