IT would do well for the Filipino people to remain calm as the government addresses the 2019 Novel Coronavirus Acute Respiratory Disease (2019-nCoVARD) in the country.
The people applauded neophyte Sen. Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go, a close associate of President Duterte, when he assured the public that the government is on top of the situation.
What’s needed, he said, is for everybody, from the mighty to the lowly, to stay calm and help government authorities in protecting the country and its people from the dreaded virus.
“Huwag po tayong mag-panic…Sundin lang po ‘yung tama, ‘yung mga payo ng ating mga health authority. Magtulungan na lang po tayo. Huwag na tayong magsisihan,” said Go.
Senator Go made the call during an interview on the television morning show “Unang Hirit,” lauding President Duterte for wanting to make informed and balanced decisions.
“Sa pag-declare ng travel ban…binabalanse po niya ang lahat. Ang desisyon niya ay base rin sa naging deklarasyon ng WHO (World Health Organization),” Go boomed during the interview.
“Sa totoo lang po, bilang ama ng ating bansa, inuuna palagi ni Pangulong Duterte ang kapakanan, kalusugan at interes ng bawat Pilipino,” said Go whose popularity is high like the Chief Executive.
In the view of many, Senator Go’s timely call for calm ought to serve as the cue for other national and local government authorities as well as barangay (village) officials to work in unison.
And what is significant here is that “nasasagot naman po nina” President Duterte and other government officials, including Cabinet secretaries, all the people’s questions about the disease.
Of course, concerned government authorities must address the 2019 nCoV crisis now …and fast. They owe it to the suffering Filipino people, particularly the millions of taxpayers.