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Written by Bobby M. Reyes   
Thursday, 30 April 2009 08:39

W


hile almost the entire civilized world is focused on the developing medical crisis brought about by “swine flu,” Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo is embarking on more state visits, as if there is no tomorrow and the Philippines is not mired in endemic crises after socioeconomic-and-political crises. She will leave soon on presidential junkets to Egypt and Syria – just after she visited Thailand and Dubai, as accompanied by her congressional allies who are all using their pork-barrel allocations to finance the junkets. She views the homeland and the world with a rose-tinted pair of designer glasses, as she thinks that she cannot do wrong and she is doing alright, if not A-Okay. The diminutive Philippine President has placed herself on a giant pedestal as a leader of international fame and grandeur. Critics of course have dubbed Mrs. Arroyo as a moral midget, if not a delirious dwarf.

 

Instead of using scarce Philippine-government resources to purchase—for instance—and stockpile enough doses of Tamiflu, an anti-influenza drug, she spends the pesos (and dwindling foreign-exchange reserves) for traveling overseas and in making sure that the military bosses and congressional allies are well paid, well fed like swines and pampered like cows.


* Editor’s Note: Please read a report on Czarina Gloria and her Rasputins in this article, Moral Midgets and Delirious Dwarfs Continue to Rule the Philippines


F ilipino health authorities recently put to death thousands of pigs in the town of Pandi, Bulacan Province, as the hogs were suspected of harboring “swine Ebola.” Wags have blamed the First Family for introducing the “pig-sourced Ebola virus” due to its constant use of pork-barrel funds for its lackeys in the Philippine Congress, the military-and-police generals and local-government officials.

 

* Editor’s Note: Please read a satirical report on the spread of the Ebola virus in the Philippines, as found in this hyperlink: Pig-Ebola Now in RP and Congressmen Refuse to Accept Malacañang’s Gifts of Ham and “Queso de Ebola”

 

S ome Filipino-American medical experts believe that annually there are more Filipinos who die from influenza-caused illnesses than the average 36,000 fatalities caused by flu in the United States. The mortality rate of flu-caused deaths in the United States is from 0.24% to 0.96% of the 5% to 20% of the American population that suffers from influenza. But there is a dearth of statistics in the Philippines, especially in the medical field.

 

According to cynics and critics, the number-one cause of death in the Philippines – from the medical viewpoint – is the “Mona Lisa” syndrome. If readers are not aware of what the syndrome is, please click on this hyperlink, The Philippines: A Land of "Mona Lisas"

 

And more Filipinos die undiagnosed because of pollution in the homeland, as per this exposé published earlier in this website, Why Many Filipinos Die of Heart Attack in Polluted Manila and Other Philippine Urban Centers

 

The Philippines is in deep sh_t, as many Overseas Filipinos and their kin and friends in the homeland know. The Filipino archipelago was lucky that it avoided the avian flu and the severe-acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) that devastated Mainland China and Hong Kong in 2003. Drug abuse is ruining many lives, especially the youth, as reported in this article: Illegal-Drug Abuse Now an Epidemic in the Philippines

 

S exually-transmitted diseases (STD) go unchecked and often unreported in the Philippines, where there are hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of poor Filipinos who now use their bodies as a livelihood tool in practicing the world’s oldest profession. Medical experts wonder if there is already a Filipino version of the “Vietnam’s Rose” STD that devastated American servicemen during the 1960s.

 

Readers may like to go back to this article, Are Prostitutes the Cheapest “Commodities” (sic) in the Philippines? (Part I)--As Updated


Filipinos are simply getting back at their oppressive national leaders by cracking jokes that the President and her Cabinet and their lackeys in Congress and lapdogs in the military and police are perhaps suffering from mad-cow disease.


But Filipinos know better that President Arroyo’s days of swine and looking at the world in rose-tinted spectacles will soon be over. As the Tagalog idiom says it all, “Pag may umpisa, may katapusan.” (If there is a beginning, there is an end.). # # #   

 




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Comments (5)
1 Friday, 01 May 2009 05:45
FILIPINO-AMERICAN COMMUNITY URGED TO TAKE PRECAUTIONS

Los Angeles, 30 April 2009 – The World Health Organization (WHO) has raised the influenza pandemic alert to Phase 5, the declaration of which is a strong signal that a pandemic is imminent and that the time to finalize the organization, communication and implementation of the planned mitigation measures is short. WHO advised all countries to immediately activate their pandemic preparedness plans.

In light of this development, the Department of Foreign Affairs advised the public to take all necessary health precautions when traveling to Mexico.

All Filipinos traveling to Mexico are advised to avoid large crowds, shaking hands, kissing people as a greeting, and using the subway. Filipino travelers are also urged to avoid hospitals and clinics unless they have medical emergency. Those with health concerns are advised to stay in their homes or hotels and call their physicians to avoid possible exposure.

For monitoring purposes, all Filipinos and Filipino-Americans living in Southern California, Southern Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas are requested to report to the Philippine Consulate General in Los Angeles suspected cases of swine flu among the Filipino community through its emergency hotline no. (213) 268-9990 or email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

As an additional precaution, the Department of Health will be distributing a Health Alert Notice (HAN) to all arriving travelers from the United States and Mexico. Travelers will also be required to fill out a Health Declaration Checklist at major ports of entry in the Philippines to screen for potential signs and symptoms of exposure to the virus. ###end


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Trunkline: 213 639 0980
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2 Friday, 01 May 2009 22:16
PGMA's Syrian state visit to focus on peace and business

Manila (PND) - President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo embarks on a mission of peace and search for new business and investment opportunities for the country during her scheduled state visit to Syria on May 3 and 4.

Syria is among the newest strategic partners of the Philippines in the Middle East. The Philippine Embassy in Damascus was officially inaugurated only last April 13 this year, following its upgrade from its former consular office status.

It now serves the estimated 17,000 Filipinos working in Syria.

The former Philippine consulate in Damascus used to serve as transit point for Filipinos in times of crisis in the Middle East. It served as an exit point for thousands of Filipino workers fleeing the war in Lebanon in 2006.

Aside from being one of the supporters of the country’s peace and development initiatives, Syria is a crucial player in the Middle East on account of its energy resources and fertile lands. It is a key player and a major participant in the struggle for peace and security in the region.

Before going to Syria, President Arroyo will first have a working visit in Egypt on May 2-3. She will leave Cairo on May 3 and proceed to Damascus for her state visit upon the invitation of the Syrian government.

The President is scheduled to hold a bilateral meeting and sign partnership and cooperation agreements with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who will tender a state dinner in her honor.

The Chief Executive is also scheduled to address the People’s Assembly of Syria and hold meetings with leading Syrian business leaders and prospective investors.

President Arroyo will likewise visit one of the biggest container terminals in the Middle East operated by the International Container Terminal Services Inc. (ICTSI) before heading back to Manila on May 5. # # #
3 Friday, 01 May 2009 22:41
A wise man once said we would have a black president when pigs flew.
Behold, 100 days into his presidency, swine flu. -- Written by an Unknown Author

Forwarded by Dr. TDB
4 Friday, 01 May 2009 22:56
The following information came from a government site, under
"Swine Flu and You."

1. What are the symptoms of having swine flu?
Fever, body aches, runny nose, sore throat, nausea, or vomiting or
diarrhea

2. How to avoid getting swine flu?
WASH YOUR HANDS!!! Avoid having your eyes, nose or mouth touched
by any hands. Try to stay in good general health. Get plenty of sleep,
be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat
nutritious food. Try not touch surfaces that may be contaminated with the
flu virus. Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

3. Other things about swine flu that is good to know:
a) you cannot get it by eating cooked pork,
b) avoid a closed place with a lot of people,
c) there are effective medicines to cure the flu when discovered early, and
d) For more details, visit http://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/swineflu_you.htm

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5 Saturday, 02 May 2009 22:35
Thank you, Bobby.

Yours is always a good source of up-to-date info.

You're articulate and write well.

Have a great weekend.

tdb

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