President Duterte Warns LGUs To Obey Nat’l Gov’t Regulations & Not To Make Quarantine More Difficult
President Duterte has warned the local government units not to make the quarantine more difficult for the Filipino people.
Earlier this week, President Rodrigo Duterte has declared the Philippines under a state of calamity and placed the entire Luzon under an enhanced community quarantine due to the rapid spread of coronavirus.
The enhanced community quarantine requires millions of Filipino people to stay at home to prevent the spread of the virus. It also restricts mass transports and mass gatherings as well as suspension of government works and other business operations.
On Friday morning (March 20, 2020), President Duterte has urged the LGUs to abide by the national government’s lockdown protocols over the entire Luzon insisting that there is only one republic.
The President also warned the officials of the local government that they may face corresponding charges if they would continue to set their own rules and defy the national government’s enhanced community quarantine policy.
“Now I call [upon] LGUs. The national government needs your help during this time, but I want to tell you: Do not make this quarantine or quarantine more difficult for our people than it already is. LGUs should take note of this — that at this time let us make ourselves clear that we are not a separate from a republic or from each other,” Duterte said.
Mr. Duterte has also ordered the Department of the Interior and Local Government and the Justice Department to closely monitor the compliance of LGUs with the directives. He also directed the agencies to file necessary charges against who would defy the lockdown standards.
“If you go beyond the standards that we have set, you are abusing your authority, and you know that it can lead to – administrative cases or even worse, unless you stop what you are doing and cooperate fully. Criminal cases cannot be far behind,” Duterte added.
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