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Ako Bicol calls for unity amid coronavirus pandemic

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An Ako Bicol lawmaker appealed for a united front to fight the coronavirus pandemic that has so far killed and infected thousands of Filipinos.

Ako Bicol partylist Rep. Elizaldy S. Co called on for unity and prayer as the country’s leaders and frontliners wage war against the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a statement, Rep. Co said national unity is imperative to survive a crisis that has reached alarming levels with more than 112,000 positive COVID-19 cases as of Tuesday, August 4. The Department of Health also recorded 6,352 new positive cases, the biggest increase in a single day.

“At no other point in our recent history do we need to stand together to fight a common, yet invisible enemy. Let’s heed and help our medical experts and frontliners by staying home, wearing protective gear and frequent handwashing. Most of all, we should fervently pray for national healing,” he said.

“Let us also pray for our leaders, especially President Rodrigo Duterte, his Cabinet and members of the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases. They, too, need help and guidance in facing a pandemic no one has prepared for,” he added.

While the national COVID-19 response is not perfect, Co said President Duterte deserves much credit for distributing aid, providing treatment for the sick and maintaining law and order.

“A weaker leader would have buckled down under tremendous pressure. If it were not for the President’s laser focus on security, we could be in the brink of chaos and riots with the growing number of hungry people locked down by the pandemic,” he said.

Rep. Co likewise said the President deserves praise and support for seeking outside help to secure much-needed vaccines.

“Whether the source is China, India or some other country, we should be happy that our President is doing everything to secure supply of COVID-19 vaccine when it becomes available. That’s our real hope for recovery,” he stressed.

Thus, instead of criticizing government, Rep. Co urged his fellow Filipinos to help, in their own small way, in the herculean task of controlling the spread of the pandemic that’s ravaging the country.

In this time of national crisis and emergency, Rep. Co also reminded Filipinos to be grateful and count their blessings..

“While there are over 100,000 Filipinos with COVID-19, more than 100 million don’t have the disease todate. Therefore, the best way forward is to treat the afflicted and protect healthy citizens from contracting it. This is where we urgently need unity of purpose and action,” he said.