In order to overcome the COVID-19 pandemic, Senator Christopher “Bong” Go emphasized that all COVID-19 health and safety protocols being enforced by the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases must apply to all and not favor certain groups and individuals. This comes after various incidents recently went viral and earned public ire over alleged violations of pandemic protocols.

“Wala pong pinapaboran ang gobyerno pagdating sa health protocols. Lahat po ng mga Pilipino ay hinihikayat nating sumunod. Pantay-pantay dapat at no exceptions dahil importante ang buhay ng bawat Pilipino,” Go said.

“Kung nais po nating mabilis na maka-recover tayo mula sa pandemyang ito, sumunod tayong lahat sa mga patakaran kasi buhay natin at ng ating mga mahal sa buhay ang nakasalalay dito,” he added.

Meanwhile, Go urged the proper authorities to investigate incidents and hold responsible those involved where possible violations have been admittedly made.

“Marami sa mga kababayan natin ang hirap na hirap na. Huwag nating hayaan na dumagdag pa sa pasakit ng nakararami ang pagiging pasaway ng iilan. Paalala lang, kung gusto ninyo isugal ang buhay ninyo, huwag niyo idamay ang kapwa ninyo kasi buong health system natin apektado kapag maraming nagkasakit,” said Go.

“Marami namang sumusunod ngayon — yung gustong mabuhay pa. Pero mayroon lang iilan dyan na matigas ang ulo na ayaw ng maka antay ng pagbabalik sa dating normal,” he added.

Go emphasized that such incidents must serve as a wake-up call for all Filipinos to strictly comply with health protocols, especially now that cases of the COVID-19 variant, B.1.1.7, have been reported in the country.

“Magsilbi po sanang leksyon ito sa ating lahat. Hindi po tayo dapat magkumpiyansa dahil nandito pa ang COVID-19. Nandito na rin ang bagong variant nito na sinasabing mas contagious kumpara sa old variant,” Go advised.

“Mag-ingat po tayo at maging responsableng mamamayan. Ang simpleng pagsunod sa patakaran ay makapagliligtas ng buhay ng iba,” he added.

As the government targets to immediately start its vaccination program, Go continued to stress the need to strengthen the enforcement of health and safety protocols imposed by the government to stop the further spread of COVID-19.

Earlier, Go said that the emergence of a new COVID-19 variant should be a cause for concern as he urged concerned government agencies to closely monitor developments before deciding to relax restrictions further.

“Binabalanse naman po ng gobyerno ang lahat, lalung-lalo na po itong pagbubukas dahil talagang marami pong nagsara na negosyo na kailangan na ring magbukas. Binabalanse po ng ating mga government finance managers ang lahat. Pero para sa akin po, buhay ng bawat Pilipino ang pinakaimportante sa akin,” he said.

“Ang susi rito ay bakuna. Hindi pa nga tayo nakapag-uumpisa ng bakuna, eh luluwagan na natin. Maghahabulan na naman tayo kapag kumalat ‘yang new variant na ‘yan,” Go added.

Go emphasized that cooperating with authorities can save lives as he warned those who will attempt to violate or go around protocols that the government will not tolerate such actions.

“Patuloy ang aking pagpapaalala sa ating mga kababayan na ang inyong kooperasyon at pagmamalasakit ay makapagliligtas ng buhay ng kapwa nating Pilipino,” he said.

“Habang sinisikap natin na makakuha ng sapat, ligtas at epektibong bakuna para sa lahat, lalo na para sa frontliners, mga mahihirap, at parte ng vulnerable sectors, hikayatin rin natin ang ating komunidad na patuloy na magbayanihan at sumunod sa mga patakaran upang tuluyang maitigil ang pagkalat ng sakit,” he added.

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