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Medical martial law? Debating with critics of COVID-19 vaccination pointless, says expert

Medical martial law? Debating with critics of COVID-19 vaccination pointless, says expert

Features
WHILE PEOPLE have the right to free expression, those who staged the Liwasang Bonifacio protest against mandatory vaccination last January were arrested or were bombed with water cannons.  However, the individuals who protested against what they called “medical martial law” were dispersed not for expressing what is now an unconventional view but for violating quarantine protocols. According to the police, the protesters, which numbered about 150 people,  refused to wear face masks or present their vaccination cards, violating city ordinances and minimum health protocols set by the government.  But for JJ Villanueva, the dispersal was inconsistent with the freedom of speech guaranteed to Filipinos.  “They told us we had every right to express our opinions, and [then] one day th...
COVID 19 Virologues: Staging the Societal Plague

COVID 19 Virologues: Staging the Societal Plague

Literary
By FATIMA B. BADURIA & RAMON CHRISTIAN G. PLACIDO A COMMON enemy threatens the globe that preys on mankind. It is transmitted through physical contact, thus restricting close proximity. However, the virus proves to be more powerful than anticipated. Seemingly, masks, face shields, and disinfectants cannot obstruct its more profound contamination in society. Without prior notice, it creeps into the core of humanity and people’s principles. This notion is portrayed in COVID 19 Virologues, a set of nineteen monologues written by the Artistang Artlets alumni and directed by Bong Figueroa. Each monologue revolves around the societal equivalents of COVID-19 that deprave the ethics of humankind. The play was held via Zoom from Oct.31 to Nov. 1 and was live-streamed on Artistang Artl...