On March 22, Liza Soberano asked some *genuine* questions regarding the COVID-19 situation in the country through a series of tweets. "My heart bleeds for all the people who cannot afford not to go out and work. They literally have to choose between dying of starvation or dying of COVID. Is our country really this poor to [not] be able to provide stimulus?? Genuine question lang po," Liza wrote.
She added: "America has received two rounds of stimulus already, waiting on the third. Covid testing is free, vaccination is free. Where is the support for the poor in our country? Madali lang naman po mag-stay at home if everyone has food on the table and money to pay the bills."
Liza's tweets received both support and criticism from netizens. When some people pointed out that the Philippines is a "poor" country and not a first-world one, Liza retweeted a reply that reads: "The point here is not to compare financial status but to compare where the funds go and how it was spent. We're not, as you say, as rich as America and no, we're not expecting every single Filipino to be fed or vaccinated. We just wanna see that at least SOME are getting help."
Because of the resurgence of COVID-19 cases, the PH government placed Metro Manila, Bulacan, Laguna, Rizal, and Cavite under a "GCQ bubble" until April 4. It was announced that financial aid or "ayuda" will not be given out, because even if there's a "lockdown," Filipinos in these areas will still be allowed to go to work.
In a press conference last night, it was announced that the Philippines plans to borrow P3.3 trillion in 2021 "to fund its COVID-19 response and keep the entire government running." According to reportr, the Philippines borrowed P2.7 trillion in 2020 and P1 trillion in 2019.
The DOH reported over 8,000 new COVID-19 cases on March 22, the highest number of PH cases in a single day since the pandemic started. Hospitals such as Asian Hospital, Medical City, and St. Luke's have announced that their COVID wards are full.