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Shooting Covid-19: Media Frontliners in Manila

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    “My orders are
    to the police and military,
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    also the village officials,
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    that if the situation arises
    that people fight
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    and your lives are on the line,
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    shoot them dead!”
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    To be honest, if it’s possible
    to just stay at home, I would,
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    instead of going out to shoot.
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    But, under the current situation,
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    information is being controlled
    by a few.
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    If there is no alternative media
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    there will be no checks
    and balances.
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    That’s why we’re going out
    of our homes
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    to know the stories
    that are not being followed
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    by big media corporations.
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    "Media personnel shall be allowed
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    to travel within the quarantine area
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    provided that within 72 hours
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    from the issuance
    of this memorandum
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    media personnel intending
    to travel within the quarantine area
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    shall secure an identification card
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    from the Presidential Communications
    Operations Office."
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    Actually, it’s preposterous that one needs
    to get accreditation from them.
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    Does this mean they exclusively get
    to choose which media outfit can operate?
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    But despite our protest
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    we still filed for accreditation.
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    We are still waiting for it until now.
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    Before we went there
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    somebody texted us that
    security was strict in the area
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    due to a positive Covid case.
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    In turn, we discussed whether
    we should proceed to the area or not.
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    We decided to proceed
    despite our anxieties.
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    We are also concerned with
    our safety and health.
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    JL: Do you have any message
    to the government?
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    Estrelita: We are calling for continued
    support to our community kitchen.
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    It is for all the people in the community.
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    We will not die from the disease,
    but we might die from hunger
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    if we can’t eat three times a day.
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    Woman 1: We are going around
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    Let’s do social distancing!
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    Woman 2: You are overcrowding!
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    Boy: Give us some biscuits!
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    JL: I think the major weakness
    of the government,
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    compared to other countries,
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    ...
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    is the lack of mass testing.
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    It’s as if people were put in jails not knowing
    if the disease is inside with them.
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    Quarantine won’t serve its purpose
    without any testing.
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    I belong to the middle class,
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    but I am a freelancer.
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    My income depends
    on my production.
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    EngageMedia: What is that?
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    JL: Relief goods from the barangay.
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    That is my predicament.
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    But within a month, I only received
    a relief pack just once.
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    There are about 15
    or 14 canned goods.
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    I just hope those who are impoverished
    receive more than once a month.
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    During a lockdown like this,
    you are inside your home,
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    not just me, but most of my friends
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    and fellow artists,
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    most are stuck at home,
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    you surmise the positive things
    that arise despite the lockdown.
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    One positive thing is the emergence
    of artworks that are socially relevant
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    both in form and content.
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    I belong to a group,
    the Asian People’s Music.
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    It is a group of progressive musicians
    from countries that belong to the ASEAN.
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    Joseph, a Filipino musician
    who is also part of the group,
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    and a member of the band
    Village Idiots,
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    composed a song,
    and here it is:
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    ♫ When this is over ♫
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    ♫ Is it back to normal? ♫
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    When you go out of your house
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    what you see in the streets
    are people holding a cardboard,
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    some banners stating
    “we are hungry,”
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    "no mask, no entry,"
    those are the images you see.
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    Texts written on cardboards, paper,
    or whatever is available.
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    Based on what I saw I had an idea:
    Why not write some lyrics
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    the same way as those images?
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    That’s what we did,
    and the musicians were okay with it.
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    ♫ When this is over ♫
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    ♫ Are we going back to the familiar? ♫
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    ♫ To a violent way of life ♫
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    ♫ Full of fear and dread ♫
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    ♫ We will straighten wayward roads ♫
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    ♫ Shout out our calls ♫
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    ♫ A better society ♫
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    ♫ When this is over ♫
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    We are raising a question in that song.
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    The lyrics say when this is over,
    do we simply leave things as they are?
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    We are raising this question because
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    this crisis exposed
    the kind of society we have.
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    The government will feel
    the wrath of the people
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    if the situation remains the same.
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    And we think, or at least
    I personally do think,
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    the situation should change,
    and that we need to make a stand.
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    ♫ A better society when this is over ♫
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    ♫ We will rise when this is over ♫
Title:
Shooting Covid-19: Media Frontliners in Manila
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Video Language:
Tagalog
Team:
EngageMedia
Duration:
08:40

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