As opposition to the Philippines government‘s COVID-19 policies reached a crescendo, Rodrigo Duterte locked down 25 million people of Manila, effectively quashing his opposition.
Presidential spokesperson, Harry Roque, who spoke for Rodrigo Duterte, declared a massive lockdown Saturday for some 25 million people of Manila, the capitol of the Philippines, allegedly because the country reported nearly 10,000 new Covid-19 cases.
By the end of the weekend, some 6,498 arrests had been made of people who allegedly violated the new rules, according to Manila-based freelance writer Michael Beltran who wrote on the lockdown topic in a weekend Op-ed piece for Channel News, Asia.
Mr. Roque, in mid-March tested positive for COVID-19.
“Thus far, such extreme measures have not worked because the masses of people living in Manila poverty are all only a meter or so apart, rarely separated by a wall in the steaming heat,” suggests a Barangay worker, Emile Johns, who says two of his friends have been arrested for not properly wearing a mask.
“Each friend will pay 3000 peso or stay in jail for thirty days,” he says. “Nobody has 3000 pesos,” Mr. Johns said as he shrugged in a Zoom interview.
“Is the lockdown about the Pandemic or about stifling opposition after a spate of mass murders?” ask activists
“Manny was shot dead by policemen in an office in Dasmariñas, Cavite. Officials in the Duterte regime have been fighting farm unions and laborers, preferring that they not organize for better pay and more rights. Normally the government “red-tags”, meaning it puts activists on a list of persons labelled as Communists thus allowing the to be killed,” says a worker in the late-Asuncion’s labour group.
According to the UN Commissioners for human rights, spokesperson Ravina Shamdasani, OHCHR received information that at around 3:15am on Sunday, 7 March, eight men and one woman were killed in Batangas, Cavite, Laguna and Rizal as police and military executed search warrants issued by a Manila court.
“We are deeply worried that these latest killings indicate an escalation in violence, intimidation, harassment and ‘red-tagging’ of human rights defenders”, she said, noting a history of human rights advocates being “red-tagged” – or accused of fronting for the armed wing of the Communist party.’
A spokesperson for The RINJ Foundation, which civil society group has been maintaining a database on EJKs using medical data resources, “since the pandemic began in the Philippines, where in fact the first pandemic death outside of China happened, extrajudicial killings have risen 142% over the same period in the previous time frame, but it should be noted that there had been a drop in cases owing to the global controversy and the controversial International Criminal Court case against Duterte and a dozen others.”
Responding to a question, she said, “Most newer killings are political opposition assassinations,” said Geraldine Frisque, who says she requested and got a briefing from the organization’s pathologists, thus she was up-to-date in her information.
“As global opposition to the Duterte government grew following a number of recent mass murders, local opposition became more enabled and now many of us wonder if locking 25 million Filipinos in the capitol city is more about throttling opposition than COVID,” says a co-worker of now deceased Mr. Emmanuel [Manny] Asuncion. The source does not want to be identified for fear of her being killed also.
Opposition members killed. “Emmanuel [Manny] Asuncion, was among the 9 people killed in a bloody mass murder”, allegedly by Philippines police in Calabarzon. “Manny was shot dead by policemen in an office in Dasmariñas, Cavite. Officials in the Duterte regime have been fighting farm unions and laborers, preferring that they not organize for better pay and more rights. Normally the government “red-tags”, meaning it puts activists on a list of persons labelled as Communists thus allowing the to be killed,” explains a friend of Emmanuel [Manny] Asuncion. FPMag did not verify this allegation but heard it several times from different witnesses. Photo: source Supplied Art/Cropping/Enhancement: Rosa Yamamoto FPMag.
“The following three graphs for 2021-03-29 show Monday’s day’s-end pandemic status of the Philippines. It does not look good for a country that does so little testing to have numbers like this as cases climb daily by as much as 10,000,” notes Fred Harris of the Civil Society Partners for COVID-19 Solidarity
“The watch list of countries with over 250,000 cases has a 25 member group with the most active cases in the world. The Philippines just joined that group as active cases skyrocket in the Philippines despite the longest lockdowns and curfews in the world,” say the Civil Society Partners for COVID-19 Solidarity.
“A dismal vaccine record to date, armed military COVID-10 mitigation, a huge spike in Extra Judicial Killings, travel bans, restriction of movement, closures of schools and businesses except for food and essentials plus the arrest of 187,000 COVID-19 lockdown rule breakers has left the Philippines on a disaster pathway as active cases rise to among the highest in the world,” says Fred Harris, a biostatistician. Source: Civil Society Partners for COVID-19 Solidarity SARS-CoV-2 report 2021-03-29T19:34:34Z (civilsocietysolidarityagainstcovid19.com)
May 29, 2022
Here are the reported and estimated Philippines data.
- Country: Philippines (pop 112,110,592,)
- Reported COVID-19 Cases: 3,689,865
- Reported sum of Deaths: 60,455 (estimated:113,359)
- Reported Cured: 3,626,988
- Beta: Estimated total cases including reported plus estimated mild and asymptomatic: 20,404,953 Cases and Infection Fatality Rate (IFR) = 0.56 %. (Reported deaths and CFR are not accurate)
- 113,359 (0.1011% of population) Total deaths (CSPaC.net estimated actual) including errors and unreported likely-cause excess deaths such as people who never went to a hospital but had COVID-19 indications but never tested.
See The Lancet estimate of excess mortality from COVID-19 (Download PDF) in 191 countries/territories and 252 subnational units of select countries, from 1 January 2 0 2 0, to 31 December 2 0 2 1.
Data collected and reported by: Civil Society Solidarity Partners against COVID-19