“AS WE CELEBRATE OUR 123rd INDEPENDENCE DAY ANNIVERSARY TODAY… WE ARE STILL FIGHTING A DIFFERENT KIND OF WAR – THE WAR AGAINST COVID-19.”
Iloilo Gov. Arthur Defensor Jr. in his June 12 Independence day message in Sta. Barbara town drew parallels and contrasts between World War 2 and the current pandemic.
He recalled the wartime sufferings of evacuating families even during unholy hours, the ambushes and constant watch against a sneaking enemy.
The governor called on the Ilongos “to be patient and tolerant” to the protocols now being enforced by the government on the face of an invisible adversary.
Defensor reassured his audience that while face masks, handwashing, physical distancing and other regulations are “inconvenient,” these are necessary measures to keep the population and government from being overwhelmed by the pandemic.