A prelude to PMT 1st Anniversary and COVID-19 Vaccines Adverse Reactions 

Batanes to Tawi-Tawi

with Julmunir I. Jannaral

Now we have reached the 47th Issue and with a few more issues, the Philippine Muslim Today as the first Muslim Online Digital Newspaper will finally be celebrating its one year anniversary. Congrats to the men and women behind the PMT that was conceptualized and born on June 19, 2020 as one way to sustain and prolong the writing advocacies of the writers and columnists.

At the launching of our maiden issue many have joined us and graciously writing for us gratis with no counterpart remunerations. But as days and weeks go by some of our columnists have one by one stayed in the sideline or remained outside for good. However, the management nor myself as the Managing Editor could not blame them because they are not compensated after all.

Those who have remained are only those whose determinations as columnists and writers are exemplary and beyond compare. Hence, we would like to salute them for their unquestionable determination and utmost dedication to help us serve our avid readers for almost one year already.

We hope the remaining staff especially the columnists will still be with us until we have reached the 52nd issue. Thus we will be celebrating as one happy family of the Philippine Muslim Today 1st Anniversary this coming June 19, 2021.

COVID-19 Vaccines Adverse Reactions

Before I was still contemplating if I will accept to have the vaccine jab and be inoculated with any type of vaccine upon seeing on national television that even President Rodrigo R. Duterte courageously have himself vaccinated with a Sinopharm’s COVID-19 vaccine last Monday, May 3, 2021. Hence, I said it will be also safe to me since after his inoculation, President Duterte now at 76 is still very much alive and kicking. So I said “kung kaya ng President of the Republic of the Philippines,” why I cannot do it who is just a lesser mortal.

However after the demise of Dr. Amy Malbun, the retired Sulu Schools Division Superintendent in the defunct DepEd-ARMM 5 days after she was inoculated in Manila with a COVID-19 vaccine, she died in the hospital which relatives and friends suspected the adverse reactions of the vaccine as the culprit. Hence, she is now the 1st Muslim Victim who succumbed to the adverse reactions of COVID-19 vaccines and perhaps the 1st Tausug to have suffered the fate from the vaccine adverse reactions.

Then my faith in the vaccines that I will be safe after all since nothing happened to the thousands of patients inoculated earlier in Manila is now a big question mark.

This was bolstered by the medical explanation of Dr. Benj Bangahan, a former faculty member of the College of Medicine of the University of Santo Tomas in Manila. Likewise he used to write a medical column entitled “My two-cents Rx” here at the Philippine Muslim Today. But he asked for an indefinite leave from writing his column last November 6, 2020.

In his medical opinion, Dr. Bangahan said: “Not all medical treatment or vaccination are be-all and one-all therapeutic regimen, even if previously proven effective and safe to others.”

He added, “the dictum is, no two patients are the same, hence it must be kept in mind that each one is different from another in the determination of do’s and dont’s.”

There you are my apprehension on the safety of the vaccines is now definitely answered. So it doesn’t follow that when the President is very much safe after he has been vaccinated too that I need not worry since I could be safe too.

But looking back at the dictum written by Dr. Bangahan which I would like to quote: “No two patients are the same, hence it must be kept in mind that each one is different from another in the determination of do’s and dont’s.”

PostScript: The Batanes To Tawi-Tawi would like to join the bandwagon of Netizens to congratulate incoming PNP Chief Lt. Gen. Guillermo Eleazar whose appointment as the Chief of the Philippine National Police has been signed already by President Rodrigo R. Duterte and was revealed too in a national television broadcast no less than by Presidential Spokesman Atty. Harry Roque.

When outgoing PNP Chief Lt. Gen. Debold Sinas took over the helm of the Philippine National Police, I was surprised why it was not Lt. Gen. Eleazar who did an exemplary performance as chief of the National Capital Regional Police Office (NCRPO) in Taguig City.

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