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Stella Quimbo says Malaysia’s COVID response better than PH

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Stella Quimbo didn’t have to use her economics expertise to find out what’s wrong with the Philippines’ unsuccessful response to the COVID-19 crisis.

Malaysia was worse off in terms of the daily count of new infections, but they have since managed to pull that curve down in a matter of weeks. Meanwhile, the Philippines is only now seeing a huge spike in new cases per day.

“The figure with Malaysia begs the question: what have they done differently? We both partially opened up, Malaysia even held their elections. Then COVID cases increased,” the Marikina congresswoman said.

Kuala Lumpur rolled out six economic stimulus packages, including wage subsidies so people won’t go hungry while on lockdown. “That’s the BIG difference: they continue to provide ayuda. We did not,” Quimbo pointed out.