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Summary of President Rodrigo Duterte’s statement

President Rodrigo Duterte spoke before the public once again on the night of April 13 and here is the summary of the things that he said.

The Chief Executive of the Philippines already held press briefing several times since the enhanced community quarantine was implemented due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Through these, he relates to the public what are the things to be done in the fight against the virus. In his press briefing last Monday night, here are the things that the President pointed out, based on the report of GMA reporter Joseph Morong.

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The President claimed that COVID-19 antibody medicine will be ready in May and if that will be available by that time, he will lift the community quarantine.

He also ordered hospitals not to refuse coronavirus patients. If this will happen, they will be arrested. The Chief Executive ordered as well the purchase of rapid test kits worth P3.2 billion or P3.3 billion. In addition, based on the report, Secretary Carlito Galvez said that there will be rapid testing for 2 million Filipinos while 900,000 are for confirmatory test.

During the press briefing, President Rodrigo Duterte also demonstrated the proper way of using the mask, as well as alcohol for sanitation. It can be recalled that his video last press briefing went viral when he complained about his mask.

When it comes to cash assistance for workers, he said that the Finance department will help first the 3.4 million workers, including those who are in the “middle class” registered in BIR and SSS. The second priority are the 0.8 million workers.

In his statement, the Chief Executive said that the United States of America is part of the problem that the Philippines is facing right now for recruiting Filipino nurses. He also disagrees with the Department of Foreign Affairs on allowing health workers to leave the country.

He also reminded mayors to follow the social distancing that the national government is implementing. The President did not forget to mention the “Left”. He blame them for opposing the National ID System.

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