House Speaker Prospero Nograles urged fellow congressmen who left the country to submit to Department of Health (DOH) procedures upon their return.Those congressmaen who went to Las Vegas to beat on Pacquiao has been reported of A H1N1 infection.
I chuckled and grinned reading this, for being a “constant reader” of news tabloids, actually I was browsing my internet for a woman of 90 years old to send her my greetings for mother’s day. Nognog plea to his fellow congressmen became an interesting topic for me. I had my laugh at his quip on how (Tom Cullen) spelled everything in the book “The Stand”, I began to realize that if this swine flu spreads, then fiction may just become reality. And how it could be? Those congressmen are all immune with “Porks”
Though it does not appear, yet, that swine flu will reach the apocalyptic proportions in Congress,all the “Palakpak Boys” will be cremated it sure is spreading rapidly in a similar manner. With cases increasing daily adding more and more lawmakers to the list with infected members of congress, swine flu does feel eerily similar to pested chicken when it smell a cashew barbeque. Even the DOH are expecting to see increases of infections and more deaths as a result.They don’t want the Pacman to come home.
The main scenario keeping today’s swine flu events from almost carbon copying is that there are not widespread fatalities and we are blessed that this is so. It means we have hope. However, an epidemic such as this is also considered to be a plague. One thing that, historically, plagues have accomplished is population control. In the end, it does Filipinos a favor, the country was cleansed of the chaff and corrupts. I can’t help but ponder if this is a forerunner of such a cleansing. If it is I will do what I have been doing watching and waiting.
Wish it could be true! But Noggy boy over reacted. He want to sell his fantasy melodrama to Filipinos. Whether we are aware of it or not, we react to certain issues, news stories, incidents and occurrences. And reacting to anything is an important part of who we are.
It’s what makes us human. And when word of the highly contagious H1N1 Swine Flu made news headlines, again there was a reaction. A pretty severe one at that.But in the midst of it all, contagious flu outbreak or not, did anyone ever stop to wonder that there was an over reaction?
People watched their news broadcasts for updates on how many cases of the H1N1 Swine Flu were in their city, state and other places. For a second, I thought I was watching the latest Stephen King movie.That’s how much suspense seemed to be in the air. Everywhere you went, if you were brave enough to venture out into a crowded hotspot, and you trusted the high strength of your immune system, people talked about it as if it were the flu that was not only bringing mankind to his knees, but at the same time, it was here to wipe us out of the planet.
Information and reaction are good. We all need a bit of both to sustain us, but when you are suddenly afraid to shake someone’s hand or to exercise your freedom by going to some public event, to the point where you feel a little paranoia coming on, was there some form of over reaction involved.
It was pretty thought provoking. Over reaction pleading from the KSP House speaker.
Note: My warmest sympathy goes out to the Pacman families and friends. Donya Dionisia Pacquiao, mother of Manny Pacquiao, is Malacañang’s “poster girl” for this year’s celebration of Mother’s Day. Although the plastic surgeon at Beverly Hills spent thousand hours and million of dollars to reconstruct her not so good looking face, Pokwang must be Happy! She still has a big chance.