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    1. My assessment, seen from Norway, is that it will unfortunately unfortunately be at least 1.5 years from today, before we can visit the Philippines. Because: after everyone has been vaccinated, all the challenges come with updating electronic vaccine passports and hacking them. So, here we just have to be patient guys!

  2. Everyone that wants go to Philippines take a year no point follow the news its not going change this year 2022 or 2023 looks more like it.

  3. Thanks.
    This is really bad news. I don’t see my fiance getting her interview
    I hope they can get a better vaccine.

  4. The priority should be changed to elderly, then first line and o down to the rest of the population it’s common since.

  5. Ther making a mistake because they should do all of the oldest part of the population be that are the ones who can die, and be hospitalized. It’s the way to get it under control.

  6. DONT trust youre Goverments.. Just Dont…. They have no intetion whatsoever to help anyone than themselfes… Is this so hard to understand… Its A SCAM , and if people dont want to accept that they been fooled all over , its theire own misstake, they have to do the correct homework , as a individual you have that to do.. this is how it goes when people dont do ….

  7. It is no Light in a Tunnel…. Its dept , collected in time, how hard is it to learn that?? It never was a good thing listnening to the Goverment then , and it certenailny isnt now…

  8. The US is rolling along in vaccinations towards 30%…but the last 30% is going to be tough even in the US for those with deeply held vaccine resistance. The Philippines has already been burned by failed introduction of the Dengue vaccine. So here are the complicating factors for true progress…1) Rise of concern over COVID variants has now shut down FOREIGNER ENTRY until April 19 and already extended to End of April 2) Filipinos ARE STRONGLY apprehenisive of COVID 3) Filipinos are STRONGLY apprehensive of VACCINATIONS 4) President has said since first briefing on MARCH 2020….LAST YEAR…no general opening until effective vaccine/treatment He has continued to say at every chance….and confirms again today 5) Despite frustration, you will find no general denouncements of the current posture 6) People are afraid to protest…almost every administration get mass protest during the latter part of their term…NO WILL HERE 7) President enjoy 90% approval rating – there is no PUSH to come off his strong hold. TRUE LEVERAGE for the people of the Philippines only is VISIBLE in the elections of May 2022…if ….if…if….the will of the people is not co-opted by sweet promises over these coming months. Ladies drinks for all??????? Whew!

  9. Duterte: No end in sight for lockdown
    ECQ to be lifted only if cure against COVID-19 is available ONLY IF….same as it ever was since Mar 13 2020 202000000000000000 first staement. President Rodrigo Duterte said early Tuesday he would lift the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) imposed on the whole of Luzon region only if a vaccine, antibody, or medicine to cure the COVID-19 coronavirus disease was already developed and available to Filipinos. ONLY IF ONLY IF ONLY IF…..AALREADy AVAILABLE. The President promised that if a cure for the coronavirus was already “tested medically” and made available to the country, he would lift the ECQ, which he had extended to April 30 from an initial one-month lockdown that would have ended at midnight of April 12 (Sunday).

  10. I don’t see Davao City going back to MGCQ now from GCQ next month like I thought. My three is up in February 2021 I wasn’t really concerned, but I am starting to be.

  11. Gee, a city of 13 million people who live in each other’s laps, has more Covid issues than the provinces where the housing is spread further apart? What genius failed to make that connection the first time, I wonder? hmmm. informative news, but kinda sad. appreciate the video, thanks. These kind of failures seem easily avoidable. Maybe i’m just getting surly in my old age. I’m really not as mean spirited as I sound. Just frustrated by this kind of nonsensical governmental procedure. I was supposed to move to Manila April 2020. My patience is wearing thin. Anyone out there relate or am i just being a grouchy old man? (If so I can own that truth about me! lol)

    1. It’s frustrating because we see the incompetence of Governments and when we are controlled to do certain things against our wishes , yes it’s making us angry and feel helpless . They say cases but is that a runny nose , sniffles , mild cough , or no symptoms at all ? Take care , luckily the rum is cheap here but I miss good beer .

    2. You have taken a good sip of the koolaid don’t drink the whole cup. Trying to make sense of a propaganda circus

  12. These flight entry restrictions show that the Philippines can’t walk and chew gum! Thailand for example, has flare ups, yet continue to ramp up quarantine hotels.. BECAUSE Q HOTELS solve the problem, while helping their economy. I think Duterte needs better advisors who are able to solve problems, not perpetuate them!
    Curtis in Las Vegas

  13. No foreigners can enter the Philippines right now. You are wrong to say that this only applies to Manila, this applies to the whole Philippines.

    1. listen again to what i was referring to, which is the ‘granular lockdowns’. not the entry of foreigners. the granular lockdowns are what is being focused upon in manila, the rest of the ph is status quo regarding quarantine levels.

  14. When is the government going to finally come to the realization that all communicable diseases spead most readily in the most highly dense areas? They never will control Covid unless they find a way to decrease density or learn to live with the disease. It is not coming from outside the Philippines. This is becoming insane.

  15. Its crazy all the case’s are coming from in country and not from out of country smh come on philippines get your shit together

    1. @Jon B The rest of the world lacks the manufacturing capacity of the US. Much of the rest of the world depends upon the Serum Institute in India, particularly for the AZ vax.

    2. Hu ….. confused. Do you think the rest of the world is twiddling their thumbs as they are waiting for the USA? America has created two vaccines (J&J, Pfizer). As I recall, there are five from the UK (Britain, Germany, etc). Some vaccines from China, Russia, many other countries. Cuba is creating their own, as I recall. Other countries are now being vaccinated. You are aware of that, right??

  16. Thanks for the information. As always your videos are very professional and direct. I really like that. Keep up the great work.

  17. in Florida usa, we have been opened up for over 6 months now. World-wide, a man dies in auto crash… he died of the virus… its all bs all over the world. ccp takeover.

  18. Tired of waiting . Going to Thailand and going through the 15 day quarantine, then I’ll sit there and wait until the Philippines opens up and hop on over. At least I can be in a tropical country and out of the boring rat race in US.

  19. Not sure if you are aware at the moment if you test positive they you are extracted from your home or condo and taken to their covid camps

  20. Kind of unsure if its only Manila or all the Philippines. Because also there is another thing saying only 9 c visas only being allowed into the Philippines which is seaman. Also only OfWs allowed in . No foriegners So you better check real close with your airline.

  21. Thanks for the video. But the news keeps getting worse. It’s very discouraging. When on when can we get our lives back.

  22. If that is the situation, entry through Cebu should be strongly considered as an alternative. Do they have immigration check-in at Mactan?

    1. Of course. Mactan-Cebu Airport has been an international gateway since 1980s. It’s the country’s 2nd largest airport in terms of volume of passengers and international flights served. Along with Manila’s airport, Mactan Airport continues to operate international flights since the lockdown started in March last year.

  23. Its like a dog straining its leash to run. This weekend marks the start of a significant reopening here in California. Let’s see if it can be sustained or fail as too much, too soon.

  24. My kid is still out of the class room. The more these lock downs persist the more the Philippines will tumble toward bankruptcy. Tyrants rejoice!

  25. Thank you Weeki for the VIP announcement on this Virus. My go lives in the Manila area & is a Teacher also. She’s wondering when she’ll be getting her jab also.
    I was due to go there last August but wasn’t able due to the pandemic.
    Please keep up dates about thing.
    Kind regards to you for your updated

  26. Dude they survive dengue, tb, and all sorts of disease on a daily basis. This government freak out over covid is ridiculous.

  27. Hi Reekay…Wow bummer…..I really want to see my girlfriend in Dumaguete and so I hope things turn around soon? Thanks for your update to keep us posted.Maybe by April 19th things will turn around. I got both of my shots of the maderna vaccine because I know I will have to show proff that I am vaccinated. I feel great I had no bad reactions so I am ready to travel my friend….

    1. While true, North and South Dakota cases are the highest per capita in the USA, and yet very low population.

  28. Thanks for the info. I had no picture on this vid. Was like the radio news from my childhood 🙂

  29. Got a flight March 31st USA to Manila with wife. Can we switch to Cebu? Bureau of immigration has failed to clarify upcoming rules on March 20th

    1. @Daniel Sutton PAL officials already reconsidered their decision on cancelling their flights after Senators suggested to IATF to divert those flights to Mactan-Cebu Airport as it would be unfair to the local citizens returning home for the Lenten season.

    2. @Reekay’s LifeBeyondTheSea from the articles I’m reading they are banning their own citizens unless they are OFW. I’m unsure of exactly what to do because the US embassy website page for the Philippines says this as well. I checked out the Facebook pages of Clark international and Cebu international and they confirm the same thing unless I’m reading something wrong.

    3. best person to switch that would be the agency you booked with. they could re-direct your flight since you still have time.

  30. I did the math everyone. out of 265,000 in Manila cases and only 4,883 deaths. This Covid 19 thing is less then .02% vi 0.01842641509, give and take a number! and the common FLU deaths are 1.1% per one million, so if you take 1,000,000 covid cases at 0.01842641509%, you come out with 0.04883% vs 265,000 of FLU cases of FLU death very years in Manila is 5 times greater then this BS!!!!

    1. @Daniel FordOperations in Mactan-Cebu Airport has not stopped since lockdown started in March last year. But now, only Filipino citizens can enter the Philippines.

    2. @Reekay’s LifeBeyondTheSea So are you saying Mactan-Cebu International Airport is open for international inbound passengers?

    3. @Reekay’s LifeBeyondTheSea You might want to recheck that > Im hearing that only 9c visas are allowed. OFWs . No other visas allowed . But they wasnt clear if this was only Manila or not

    4. @R S keeping in mind that tourist visas are not yet available, so you’d need to be married to a filipina or have a child in the PH to enter..

      there are flights which i think are with Qatar flying from LAX to Cebu. but a flight without a visa to enter the PH is pointless at this time.

    5. @Reekay’s LifeBeyondTheSea henry, in your opinion, could I book a EVA AIRLINES flight to Cebu from LAX ? Is that an option ? Bob, from Menifee

  31. This country I do not understand it. Japan america and all big economy countries did not close businesses but this little poor country over act and they think they are doing great things. LOL.idiots

    1. Before WW2 the Philippines was the 2nd richest in east Asia, now….its GDP percapita is near the bottom…people in other south East Asian countries are working hard eager to be rich, Filipinos mean while are lining up in foreign embassies, trying to get out of the country looking for work,any works.

    2. Social distancing is impossible there. It is silly to imagine otherwise. The country can not even issue proper driver’s licenses without waiting long periods for plastic to laminate the license. The country is a disaster. I do not know how I stayed there eighteen months without going completely mad. Most of the people are lovely and there are many incredible natural wonders, those not littered. The govt. is hopelessly corrupt. The country is the most inept and screwed up of all SE Asian nations. The only real attractions are the desperate women where every slob with a pension can get a good-looking girl.

  32. Very Predictable. I suspected this could happen 1 monthor so ago when they lowered restrictions on Foreign travel.

  33. saw the travel advisory yesterday. but thanks for the new ino. i would bet that the vaccine redistribution didn’t make the outlying regions very happy.

  34. I wonder if testing/screening are as prevalent in the providences. Do more tests in the capital, get more positive cases, get move vaccines in the capital. In the providences, fewer tests, fewer people can go to the doctor, fewer “official” cases, no vaccines needed…

    1. How gullible are you? You really think this placebo they convinced everyone that they are craving will change anything about the authoretarian scam

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