MANILA — Music icon Regine Velasquez lamented on Friday the government's response to the coronavirus pandemic, amid record-high cases and deaths tallied in recent weeks.
“Bakit parang pinabayaan na lang tayo? Kaniya-kaniya, matira matibay — gano’n na lang ba talaga?” she said on Twitter.
“People are dying, people we know. Relatives, friends! Every single day may nalalagas sa atin. What’s happening?” she wrote with a crying and broken heart emojis.
Bakit parang pinabayan na lang tayo? Kanya kanya matira mayibay ganon na lang ba talaga? People are dying people we know relatives friends! Every single day may nalalagas sa atin. 😢 What’s happening??💔💔💔
— regine alcasid (@reginevalcasid) April 9, 2021
Velasquez’s statement came amid the surging cases of COVID-19 in the country.
On Friday, the Philippines logged 12,225 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the active infections to 178,351, a record-high since the onset of the pandemic.
Deaths due to COVID-19 rose to 14,520, with the addition of 401 counts on Friday alone. That single-day toll is the highest since the start of the health crisis, surpassing the 382 fatalities recorded a few days earlier on April 6.
Velasquez, 50, recently had firsthand experience of being exposed to COVID-19 infection.
In February, she was forced to postpone her digital concert when she unknowingly interacted with an individual who would test positive for the disease.
Velasquez underwent self-quarantine, and fortunately did not test positive for COVID-19 within that duration.
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