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    Dear Kababayans, I hope you are all doing well and had a great time celebrating the holidays with your loved ones. 2020 has been a roller coaster ride with the COVID-19 Pandemic arriving in our part of the world in March which resulted in much of our country being locked down. Fast forward nine months later [...]

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Public urged: Skip holiday festivities

MANILA, Philippines — President Duterte has urged Filipinos to skip Christmas festivities and large gatherings to prevent the spread of COVID-19, which has infected thousands of people and forced the government to spend billions of pesos in assistance.

Duterte admitted that the pandemic has dampened the celebration of Christmas, but maintained that restrictions should be strictly implemented to protect public health.

“As early as now, we are saying sorry that there will be a curtailment of so many things that you have been used to during Christmas time. Look at it this way: all of the Christmas of your lifetime, this is the only time the government will ask something from you. This is for you, not for the government,” the President said in a televised public address on Monday.

Duterte reminded the public that following health protocols increases one’s chance of avoiding infection.

He said dying from the virus could be a “painful and a horrible last experience” because it destroys one’s body.

“You might think that this is too much. Government does not control us. Of ourse, we cannot control you individually if what you do is what you want. Would you be kind enough to skip the festivities? Avoid it because it is for your own good and for the good of the community, and eventually, for the good of your own country. The problem is we are preventing you from getting other people sick,” Duterte said.

“You have had so many Christmas blowouts and parties. This is one Christmas, the only Christmas maybe, that the government will interfere in your private affairs,” he added.

Duterte, 75, said he is limiting his engagements outside Malacañang as a precautionary measure against COVID-19.
“But at times, I am forced to go out if there is a serious problem,” he said.

Duterte also saluted the medical frontliners and urged them to continue taking care of the sick.

Holiday lockdown

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said yesterday he is not inclined to tap the resources of the National Bureau of Investigation in tracing the origin of the fake information that the government would impose a holiday lockdown.

The information that circulated on social media said the government would place the country under total lockdown from Dec. 23 to Jan. 3, 2021 as a preventive measure against the possible spike in COVID-19 cases.

Guevarra said he would leave it to the government to clear the report.

He appealed to the public not to disseminate fake news on social media.

source:philstar.com









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