Dengvaxia is the most hated and despised word today in the dictionary of the Pinoys.
BY ROGER M. BALANZA
The anti-drug vaccine, P3.5 billion worth of which had been bought by the Aquino asministration to fight the deadly dengue disease, has stoked dread and fear and mass hysteria in the country.
Lacking clinical studies and yet used by the Department of Health in its anti-dengue campaign, Dengvaxia has placed in danger the lives of about 800,000 schoolchildren vaccinated with the vaccine.
Instead of preventing dengue, several dozens of the children had died from severe dengue.
The administration of President Rodrigo Duterte is investigating the anomalous purchase and the implementation by DOH of its dengue campaign using the French-made vaccine, that has been stopped before it could create more havoc.
Jokingly, Dengvaxia has been likened to House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, who is hated and despised by his partymates in the PDP-Laban, the people of Davao del Norte, and by Davao City Mayor Inday Sara Duterte.
Alvarez has earned the ire of many leaders of the LDP-Laban for allowing entry of narco-politicians –- the war vs. illegal drugs is the flagship program of President Duterte — through his massive and unauthorized recruitment of members into the party of the President.
Mayor Inday has crucified Alvarez for saying that the newly-formed regional party that she heads, Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HnP), is an “opposition party” without the blessing of the President.
Badly hurt by the Speaker’s false accusation, Mayor Sara said Alvarez is an asshole who is a burden to the country and the administration of President Duterte, her father.
She has also urged members of the House of Representaitatives to oust Alvarez as Speaker.
People of Davao del Norte could not forgive the Speaker for questioning the legality of a joint venture entered into by Tagum Agricultural Development Company (Tadeco) with the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) over the Davao Penal Colony (Dapecol) reservation area, that transformed a leased portion of the penal colony into a banana plantation. Tadeco, owned by the family of Second District congressman Antonio “Tonyboy”Floirendo, Jr., is credited for its tremendous contribution for decades to the economy of Davao del Norte and has provided thousands of jobs to Dapecol inmates and the people of the province.
Mayor Sara, apparently has developed a deep-seated hatred for the Speaker and has vowed to campaign against Alvarez, who represents the province’s First District in Congress, in the 2019 election.
Mayor Inday has thousands of fans and admirers in Davao del Norte who are expected to respond to her call not to vote for Alvarez when he seeks reelection in the 2019 elections.
It now appears that First District voters, suffering from Dengvaxiaphobia, now despise Alvares as intnsely as they hate Dengvaxia!
SCARE TACTIC. A teacher in a public school in Davao City has a scare tactic to silence a noisy, rowdy class.
“If you don’t behave and stop the noise, I will bring in Secretary Garin to inject you with Dengvaxia!”
There are two sides that are anchored on fear factor in the extension of martial law in Mindanao.
The first is the fear that Mindanao would be engulfed by continuing violence by terrorist groups if martial law is not extended.
The second is the fear by critics of the current dispensation that President Rodrigo Duterte would use the extended martial law as a pretext to perpetuate himself in power.
Which side are you?
If you fear terrorists and support the extension, you are a peace loving Pinoy who trust President Duterte to protect the country from demons.
If you despise the extension, you don’t want Mindanaoans, and your countrymen throughout the Philippines, to live in peace. You do not only inspire or sympathize with the terrorists. You are also a terrorist.
By a vote of 10-5, the Supreme Court has sent to kingdom come attempts by pro-terrorist groups and personalities to derail the extension of martial law in Mindanao.
Coming after government troops freed Marawi City from the bloody five-month siege of Marawi City by combined elements of the Maute, the Abu Sayyaf and the ISIS terror groups, the High Court upholding the year-long extension of martial rule buttressed the people’s trust in government to defend the country from terrorists.
Despite the defeat of the terrorists in the Marawi siege that left hundreds of the jihadists, soldiers, policemen and civilians dead, President Duterte and the military knew that the seed of terrorism has not died and will continue to hound Mindanao, if the government is not armed with more teeth by martial law in confronting the terrorists.
It is sad to note that the Maute, Abu Sayyaf and ISIS triad of terrorists do not lack in friends and sympathizers in the Senate, the House, former government officials and local militants, who have combined efforts and resources to abort the extension of martial law.
Apparently sympathizing with the terrorists, several anti-Duterte groups had filed petitions with the Supreme Court questioning the legality of the extension of martial law in Mindanao.
Their arguments are a cacophony of empty rhetoric and histrionics and legal gobbledygook, with motive solely to shame the Duterte administration: that the extension of martial law in Mindanao is a prelude to place the whole country under martial rule or under a revolutionary government, a shield to commit human rights violations, and to perpetuate a Duterte dictatorship.
Filipinos are lucky that the Supreme Court did not believe their lies.
It is the height of extreme callousness that in their hidden political motives to discredit President Duterte, these pro-terrorists should disregard the fact that the extension of martial law in Mindanao has as its primordial concern the total defeat of terrorism.
Not a drop of tear from these pro-terrorists for the troopers and policemen and civilians who died in the siege. They want more violence inflicted on the people by opposing the only means that government could stop the terrorists.
It is lamentable that the loudest voices from these cabal of pro-terrorist peronalities, alas, come from politicians masquerading as senators and congressmen, the same people who are supposed to protect Filipinos from terrorists.
They had hounded martial law declaration from the first time it was declared at the start of the Marawi siege, to its 60-day extension after it expired at the end of December 2017, and up to President Duterte’s plea to extend martial law for one year to last up to December, 2018, in view of the continuing threats from the terrorists.
The Supreme Court has dismissed for lack of merit the consolidated petitions against the extension of martial law in Mindanao.
The Supreme Court decision is a triumph for the peace-loving Pinoy.
And a testament to the callousness of some politicians, who seek to inflict more harm on the Pinoys by opposing the extension of martial law before the Supreme Court. They should be enshrined at the top of the country’s hate list.
They are former Commission on Elections chairman Christian Monsod and his group, former Commission on Human Rights chairperson Loretta Ann Rosales and his group, Albay 1st District Rep. Edcel Lagman and his group of congressmen, and the group led by Bayan Muna Rep. Carlos Zarate and Anakpawis Rep. Ariel Casilao. Added to this cabal of terrorist supporters should be Senator Frank Drilon and his company of seven minority senators who supported the petitions against the extension of martial law.