Friday, February 26, 2021

Incompetence

Friday, February 26, 2021

If you follow local news in the Philippines, you would believe that the government, the police force in particular, is riddled with incompetence. Is it simply a case of biased media coverage? I would want to think so, but it doesn’t look like it. Last month, there's this police officer who shot his mouth off in public about the death of a flight attendant. He concluded that there was rape involved although evidence suggested otherwise. Last Wednesday, a "misencounter" happened between members of the Philippine National Police and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency who are supposed to be in separate buy-bust operations but ended up shooting each other.  It left three officers and one informant killed, some injured, and many civilians who were caught in the crossfire terrified. You would think that they would have at least coordinated with each other, but they apparently did not. There’s also the delayed COVID-19 vaccine delivery and rollout. A few weeks ago, the news was all about how the Department of Health, the concerned local government units, and the Inter-Agency Task Force were preparing for the arrival of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine in the country. They were touting that everything’s in proper order and the country is ready for the rollout. It turned out that we’re not. The authorities forgot to address the issue of indemnification—a bureaucratic hurdle that the country has yet to overcome. While other countries have fully vaccinated as much as one-third of their whole population, Filipinos are left further behind in vaccinations—all because of lack of forethought? Lack of financial capability? Lack of competence?

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