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In pandemic news, Malacañang “beats” UP with 37,514-40,000 “victory”

In pandemic news, Malacañang “beats” UP with 37,514-40,000 “victory”

While collegiate team sports are still out of the picture, it seems that the University of the Philippines has found a (not-so) new rivalry: UP vs. Malacañang. The star player? Harry Roque, complete with victory fist pumps.

During today’s press briefing, the Presidential Spokesperson proclaimed that the Philippines has “beaten” the study of UP researchers, which predicted that the country will reach the 40,000 mark for COVID-19 cases by the end of June.

“Wala pong katotohanan ’yung 10,000 [backlogs], 1,000 plus na lang po ang ating backlog, which means we did not hit 40,000 or we will not hit 40,000 by end of June,” Roque clarified.

And like a lightbulb that suddenly appeared over his head, Roque realized that it’s June 30. “Today is the last day na pala. Ano bang sinasabi ko. Wala na po, panalo na tayo! We beat the UP prediction po. We beat it so congratulations, Philippines! Let’s do it again in July,” the spokesperson said, while throwing a fist pump in the air.

Bagong Alyansang Makabayan’s Renato Reyes shared his thoughts on Facebook regarding the country’s “win,” criticizing Roque’s statement as “grossly misinformed and intellectually dishonest.”

“Contrary to what Roque claims, nowhere in any DOH report do we see a backlog of only 1,000. Unless the DOH has changed its definition of a backlog in validation, Roque’s claims are false. He offers no proof of this ‘1,000 backlog,’” he wrote. “The situation could be worse. We are just NOT seeing it because we are not testing enough. Gloating over a patently false claim of ‘beating UP’s prediction’ serves NO real purpose. It will not bring down the infections. It only serves the desire of [the] government to cover up its major blunders.”

According to today’s Department of Health bulletin, 1,080 confirmed cases have been added to the tally, garnering a total of 37,514 confirmed cases in the country.

Read more:
Harry Roque says we’re “winning” against COVID-19 as cases exceed 35,000
The “Harry Roque spacing out to different sad songs” edits are all of us
Roque’s peace offering to berated journalist is a “finger heart,” no public apology

Screenshot from PTV



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