Wasak ang puso ng aktor na si John Arcilla dahil sa pagpanaw ng sampung mahal niya sa buhay sa loob lamang ng isang taon.
Pinakahuli rito ay ang nakatatanda niyang kapatid na si Emmanuel na binawian ng buhay dahil sa heart failure.
Dead on arrival si Emmanuel nang isugod ito sa isang ospital sa Baler, Aurora noong June 14.
Napag-alaman ding positibo sa COVID-19 si Emmanuel kaya nawalan ng pagkakataon si John na masilayan ang labi ng kapatid.
Awtomatiko raw na isinailalim sa quarantine ang mga anak at apo ni Emmanuel bilang bahagi ng safety protocol.
Hindi na rin nakapunta si John ng Baler dahil kinabukasan ay inilibing na ang kanyang kapatid.
Sabi sa Facebook post ni John noong June 14 (published as is):
"Today, my Brother Emmanuel Arcilla will be buried at once because he was 'POSITIVE' by antigen.
"My brother have been suffering from diabetes and Hypertension for several years now- and he was announced DEAD ON ARRIVAL due to HEART FAILURE but then He was DECLARED covid positive by an ANTIGEN few minutes after and it is a PROTOCOL that the body should be buried in less than 24 hours.
"So it PREVENTED His Kids, Grandchildren and us His Family to see His body, PAINFULLY UNDERSTANDABLE."
Bagamat naiintindihan ni John na mahirap ang sitwasyon ngayong pandemya, nakadagdag daw sa hirap ng kalooban niya ang katanungan kung may COVID-19 nga ba si Emmanuel.
Hindi raw kasi pinayagan ang hiling ng pamilya na gamitan ng confirmatory PCR test, na itinuturing na "gold standard" dahil sa accuracy rate nito. Ipinapadala ang swab sample sa lab para suriin kung may presensiya ng RNA o genetic material kaugnay ng virus.
Ang antigen test ay gumagamit ng swab sample na hinahalo sa solution para maglabas ng protein fragments, at saka inilalagay sa isang paper strip para makita kung positibo o negatibo sa COVID-19. Karaniwang ginagamit ang antigen test sa taong nakitaan ng COVID-19 symptoms.
Lahad ni John (published as is): "We asked for a real swab wishing to see the result after three days even if He’s already BURIED just to ease our minds but it is not an 'allowed' procedure anymore (?) according to the Hospital.
"It is just bothering and too much to bear because Doctor friends say that there’s still INACCURACY in COVID TESTINGS specially with just ANTIGENS and there are several incidents that some friends have experienced 'false positive' or 'false negative' and the MEDICAL COMMUNITY agreed that it is not a remote possibility.
"I know I should blame NO ONE since the inaccuracy in medical results and diagnostics will not be taken against HOSPITALS or DOCTORS.
"It could be in the testing tools or in the procedures itself since it is not a hundred percent perfected yet as experts said. So now my brother will be clinically declared as a person who died of covid, with uncertainty (?)."
FATHER'S DEATH A YEAR AGO
Ayon pa kay John, sunud-sunod ang pagsubok na dinaanan ng kanilang pamilya.
Ang ama niyang si Dominador Alemania Arcilla ay kamamatay lang noong nakaraang taon, at hindi rin nakapiling ng aktor ang ama sa mga huling oras nito sa mundo dala ng pandemya.
Malungkot na alaala ng beteranong aktor (published as is): "This heartbreaking incident is just a year apart from my Father’s, who left us on April 5, 2020 just almost 2 weeks after the first lockdown in Manila.
"During my Father’s passing, also in Baler, there was an understandable brief wake for all our pleadings.
"Me and my siblings, all the kids and grandchildren here in Manila never had the chance to bury Him even if He died free of covid because of travel understandable restrictions and protocols.
"BALER by that time is still in a ZERO CASE Covid Status, nevertheless It was such a devastating moment in our lives."
COVID CASES WITHIN JOHN'S FAMILY
Sa magkakaibang pagkataon, dinapuan naman ng COVID-19 si John at dalawa pang kapatid na babae.
Kuwento pa rin ni John (published as is): "Around November in 2020, my younger sister and her family survived covid in their house. They just followed the advice of a Doctor’s vlog on how to Deal with Covid.
"Last January 2021, I survived Covid in the US. It was a severe one and I consider this my second life.
"Last April 2021 an elder sister of mine and her family survived covid.
"In times like these it is hard to embrace every PAIN, STRESS and CONSIDERATIONS all at the same time."
Nagpapasalamat si John na nakaligtas siya matapos magka-COVID, at naturukan na rin daw siya ng bakuna ngayon.
Pero hindi raw pinalad ang isa niyang kamag-anak na pumanaw dahil sa COVID-19 noong March 2020.
"My relative Gloria Sibal passed away in March 30, 2020 just 2 weeks right after the START of the lockdown in Manila due to covid according to the Hospital," saad ni John.
Sa kanyang pagninilay-nilay, hindi niya raw mawari kung nakaligtas kaya ang kapatid na si Emmanuel kung hindi ito natakot magpabakuna kaagad.
Lahad ni John (published as is): "I was thinking, will it be the same if my brother had his Vaccine? I am done with mine.
"I was able to convince some of my siblings and relatives after I’ve told them that it is not just for our own’s sake but it is our responsibility to our community and our country - some people are scared while a lot of people are 'dying' to wait for their TURN.
"We have been convincing my Brother Emmanuel to take the vaccine several weeks ago, but He does not believe or scared in the vaccine due to things they’ve been hearing from people.
"Sometimes you don’t know what to blame. The people’s Hesitation? the medicine’s limitations? or the people who delayed the VACCINES for whatever reasons, that are now about to expire?"
OTHER LOVED ONES WHO DIED DURING PANDEMIC
Emosyonal si John dahil bukod sa kanyang ama, kapatid, at isang kamag-anak, may iba pang malapit sa kanya ang binawian din ng buhay mula 2020 hanggang nitong early 2021.
Tatlo rito ay kamag-anak din ni John, at apat sa mga ito ay mga kaibigan niya.
Karamihan sa mga ito ay pumanaw dahil sa heart failure at cancer.
"10 loved ones gone in a year time.
"It is the first time this thing happened and these are all stress related either they were not going out totally or they don’t want to go to hospitals scared of contaminations.
"In some ways it is all due to the pandemic climate."
Hanggang kailan daw kaya pahihirapan ng pandemya hindi lang ang kanyang pamilya kundi pati ibang tao na dumadaan sa matinding pagsubok?
"So after more than a year when will this covid scare, dying with covid and dying probably with covid end? USA is 400x bigger than our small Philippine archipelago but they’re starting to go back to normal.
"From WHOSE weakness why our situation is getting worse? It could be our people (baka madami pa din pasaway) It could be the People who makes bussiness out of these miseries (Bakit sila nakakalusot).
"It could be some Public officials (bakit natin sila binoboto) Who really knows? But one thing is for sure, It is all our responsibilities.
"We need to mature as people to ACT RESPONSIBLE and RELIABLE to LESSEN or totally avoid these kinds of misfortunes.
"I grieve for my brother, for all the loved ones who passed away and to all families who had thesame experience as ours."
Wala na raw siyang magawa kundi ang magdasal at magtiwala na maaayos din ang lahat.
Sabi ni John: "I can say am better now in handling these situations compared to the months before this.
"My Family, my friends and my work PUSHED my perseverance to deal with it and they made me stronger.
"Keeping my TRUST and CONNECTION to the ALMIGHTY keeps me better everyday."