Pandemic vocabularies are now enriched with additional words

Batanes to Tawi-Tawi

Julmunir I. Jannaral

AS I write this Batanes To Tawi-Tawi Column my attention was called to the additional terms that I heard every now and then. Inasmuch as it is the time of Pandemic there are words that are quite not familiar to me and I called them “Pandemic Vocabularies.” One particular example is like the word “lockdown.” But I heard this term lockdown from the official announcement of the City Government of Cotabato when I officially assumed office some two years ago at PTV-8 which is the Television Station Branch of PTV-4 right in Cotabato City. That coincided when the Maute Group started to take control of Marawi City. That started also the use of the term “lockdown” since Cotabato City under Mayor Cynthia Guiani-Sayadi started to impose lockdown in the city wherein all vehicles coming in and out are carefully monitored.

Now when COVID-19 was announced in March 2020, I heard again the term lockdown since the people in our barangay here at Bacoor City, Cavite were also monitored since the village was declared under lockdown Thus their freedom of movement considering it is under lockdown were likewise monitored and only those with “quarantine” passes can pass through check points manned by Barangay Tanod..

So there you are another term had cropped up the word “quarantine.”

Although this word is very familiar to me since the word quarantine has been used since time immemorial by a government agency like the Bureau of Immigration & Deportation (BID).

Then the Tagalog word tulong that means help or relief is seldom use nowadays but what we can hear is the word “ayuda” from the Spanish term “ayudar” or that means to help.

Hence, due to the policy of quarantine and lockdown many have been arrested and detained.  In one instance last year it had resulted in one death when a former Army soldier who was having a war shock defied a police check point and a “trigger happy officer” instead of arresting the former soldier who was having a shoulder bag tried to fatally shoot the soldier that caused his instant death.

Just recently here in Gen. Trias,  Cavite there is another victim of this quarantine and lockdown where the police are imposing the curfew hour that starts as early as 6:00 p.m.

A 28-yeard old man that the police tagged as curfew violator from and identified as Darren Peñaredondo  went out to get water past curfew hours last April 1.

When he was arrested by police enforcers he was punished and was ordered to perform 300 pushups. The routine exercise was accordingly strenuous, which resulted in his seizures, and was rushed to the hospital, where he eventually died.

Peñaredondo death was ruled to be caused by a stroke triggered by hypertension, “physical activities may have been a factor,” according to health professionals.

It also stressed that “police abuse over quarantine violations are not new,” and that more than 100,000 people had already been arrested from March to September 2020 alone.

Hence, due to the death of Peñaredondo, there will be no apprehension for curfew violators in the province of Cavite as part of the Inter-Agency Task Force for Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases guidelines, which means that no community service or physical activities will be slapped on curfew offenders.

Aside from terms lockdown, quarantine, ayuda which are now parts of pandemic vocabularies, a new term that I heard recently is the term bobble or “NCR bobble.”  This is in addition to the terms like bobble, often we can hear the word “essential” that means important.

Essential became viral lately when a motor rider who was delivering “lugaw” or arroz caldo past the 6:00 p.m. curfew hour was stopped by a female barangay tanod in San Jose del Monte, Bulacan and not permitted to pass through with her argument that “lugaw” is not part of an essential goods since after all people can exist even without “lugaw.” This has nevertheless became viral to the netizens in the Internet world.

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