Current developments ushering in world changes

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By Joel B. Belinan

“The recent news on our airwaves show that the world is again at the edge of another change. Whether that is good or not, history will be the judge.“

The recent news on our airwaves show that the world is again at the edge of another change. Whether that is good or not, history will be the judge.
For me, the most important is the statement of the chief of the World Health Organization that the world is seeing the end of the Covid-19 pandemic. Regardless of our opinions, the WHO’s statement to many means a new hope.
This news, however, was overshadowed by the death of Queen Elizabeth II and the eventual crowning of Prince Charles as the King or monarch of the UK. As a refresher, Queen Elizabeth II is described by Google as the “remnant of 32 sovereign states during her lifetime and 15 at the time of her death. Her reign of 70 years and 214 days is the longest of any British monarch, the longest recorded of any female head of state in history, and the second-longest verified reign of any sovereign in history”.
Of these two main news events, the pandemic is definitely the one that affects us Filipinos most but, nonetheless, the event in the UK has been occupying much of the news here especially the mainstream media networks. I was surprised that even my wife and my first son have been following the death of the queen until the burial ceremony.
Under UK’s law, the government’s power lies with the Prime Minister and the members of parliament. However, the head of the royal family who is now King Charles remains the ceremonial head of state. While for us it is not much of news other than a reminder of the romanticized fairy tales of that bygone era when kings and queens in Europe lorded over the world. But the royal death will impact several countries called the Commonwealth countries. These include Canada, Australia, New Zealand, among others.
On the WHO statement, we already felt the impact right here on the local front. I am referring to the optional use of face masks outdoors. Credit should be given to the province of Cebu as they were the first to pass an ordinance that made that a reality despite the vehement opposition of then outgoing secretaries of the Duterte government. “Haan da kayat nga ibbatan diay naramanan da nga power” says comments from a kailian in my favorite social media platform.
The Cebu province example was followed by a similar one in Cebu City, then the province of Albay. Then it was followed by a statement from President BBM saying that he is open to such changes in the Covid-19 restrictions. This may have served as a go signal to many LGUs including Baguio City who last week amended our facemask ordinance making it just optional outdoors.
The reactions of people were funny. Almost 98% still wear facemasks outdoors. I don’t know if people are just so protective of themselves or due to fear mongering or if it has become a hobby or passion. We don’t know, but for sure we will see its full effect in the coming weeks.
We are hoping that with these, our local economy will really slowly regain its strength. And not us just hearing sugar-coated press releases from the current occupants of city hall.**
Current developments ushering in world changes
The recent news on our airwaves show that the world is again at the edge of another change. Whether that is good or not, history will be the judge.
For me, the most important is the statement of the chief of the World Health Organization that the world is seeing the end of the Covid-19 pandemic. Regardless of our opinions, the WHO’s statement to many means a new hope.
This news, however, was overshadowed by the death of Queen Elizabeth II and the eventual crowning of Prince Charles as the King or monarch of the UK. As a refresher, Queen Elizabeth II is described by Google as the “remnant of 32 sovereign states during her lifetime and 15 at the time of her death. Her reign of 70 years and 214 days is the longest of any British monarch, the longest recorded of any female head of state in history, and the second-longest verified reign of any sovereign in history”.
Of these two main news events, the pandemic is definitely the one that affects us Filipinos most but, nonetheless, the event in the UK has been occupying much of the news here especially the mainstream media networks. I was surprised that even my wife and my first son have been following the death of the queen until the burial ceremony.
Under UK’s law, the government’s power lies with the Prime Minister and the members of parliament. However, the head of the royal family who is now King Charles remains the ceremonial head of state. While for us it is not much of news other than a reminder of the romanticized fairy tales of that bygone era when kings and queens in Europe lorded over the world. But the royal death will impact several countries called the Commonwealth countries. These include Canada, Australia, New Zealand, among others.
On the WHO statement, we already felt the impact right here on the local front. I am referring to the optional use of face masks outdoors. Credit should be given to the province of Cebu as they were the first to pass an ordinance that made that a reality despite the vehement opposition of then outgoing secretaries of the Duterte government. “Haan da kayat nga ibbatan diay naramanan da nga power” says comments from a kailian in my favorite social media platform.
The Cebu province example was followed by a similar one in Cebu City, then the province of Albay. Then it was followed by a statement from President BBM saying that he is open to such changes in the Covid-19 restrictions. This may have served as a go signal to many LGUs including Baguio City who last week amended our facemask ordinance making it just optional outdoors.
The reactions of people were funny. Almost 98% still wear facemasks outdoors. I don’t know if people are just so protective of themselves or due to fear mongering or if it has become a hobby or passion. We don’t know, but for sure we will see its full effect in the coming weeks.
We are hoping that with these, our local economy will really slowly regain its strength. And not us just hearing sugar-coated press releases from the current occupants of city hall.**


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