IT MUST have been such a big deal that the city’s highest appointive public official had to publicly disown a Facebook page that carried the name of the city government.
The Facebook page is fake, City Administrator Flora Casas Jr. said, as he urged its more than 17,000 followers to “unfollow” the site. “They are taking advantage of the situation,” he charged, obviously referring to those who were handling the account, to sabotage the gains from the city’s Covid response system.
I have read some of the previous posts on the page of the “Cebu City Government” and since they were similar, if not identical, to those found in the many Facebook accounts of the City or its trusted employees, I never suspected that it was fake or that it was involved in a scheme to sabotage Mayor Edgardo Labella’s administration.
Some City Hall officials may have known about the existence of the now disowned account, too but paid no heed because like me, they did not find its contents misleading or damaging to the city. All that changed, however, until the page reported that under the Modified General Community Quarantine, seniors were free to do the things that people of other ages were allowed to do.
That was what I thought, too. The restrictions had been relaxed, resulting in the opening of additional businesses and more freedom of movement, so what reason was there to continue to condemn senior citizens to the confines of their homes?
It was only after I read Casas’s FB post that I learned that I was wrong because the mayor’s executive order, made in conformity with IATF guidelines, clearly said that those who, among others, “are sixty years old and above shall be required to remain in their residences at all times” unless going out was essential.
So, while the restaurants are now open, senior citizens cannot eat in them; neither can they sip coffee or tea in the now reopened coffeehouses. They cannot play golf and other sports and cannot even jog or walk without risking arrest for violation of the city’s quarantine ordinance.
Why? Because they are allegedly more prone to infection. I do not know if this claim is supported by medical science. What I read was that senior citizens and those were comorbidities are more vulnerable to dying when infected with Covid than the younger ones.
Many of the seniors will remember their younger days when doing something wrong would almost inevitably invite the condemnation that thry are “way buot” or “dakug buot.” How ironic that until today, we cannot be trusted to know what is good or bad for us so that the government had to decide for us. Gikuhaan ta sa kabuot.
Vice Mayor Mike Rama shared the same view when he called last Saturday. At our age, we have already earned the presumption that we know what to do if we want to extend our lives a little longer.
Move away, Big Brother.