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Pres. Duterte Speaks On Possibility of Using Military To Implement COVID-19 Protocols

DUTERTE – Philippine President Rodrigo Roa Duterte affirmed that he may be forced to use the military if the people won’t abide the COVID-19 protocols.

The COVID-19 pandemic is a huge challenge that the Philippines has yet to overcome now. Every day, there are still new cases of the coronavirus disease and, in fact, thousands were recorded daily in the past few days.

The coronavirus record of the Department of Health (DOH) has already reached 136,638 as of this writing. Out of the said number, the health department recorded 2,294 deaths and 68,159 recoveries.

Community quarantine measures are still up in the Philippines now to curb the spread of the disease. Pres. Rodrigo Roa Duterte recently placed Metro Manila and several nearby areas under a Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ).

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The doctors and the health workers called for a “time-out” as the COVID-19 cases have huge daily increases recently. However, according to the President, as much as he wants longer lockdowns, he cannot implement it due to lack of funds to support the people.

Based on a report on ABS-CBN News, Pres. Duterte appealed to the public to follow the protocols in fighting the spread of COVID-19. According to him, he may be forced to use the military if many people will continue to disobey the rules.

“Tingnan ninyo ‘yan, sige kayo labas. Dumami ‘yung contamination, ‘yung pasa,” the President said.

Based on the report, Pres. Duterte clarified that the government does not plan to intimidate the people with the soldiers or use force in implementing the protocols. He stressed that the Philippine National Police (PNP) members’ population is insufficient.

Currently, Metro Manila and several nearby areas are under an MECQ until August 18. There are still no information as to whether the measure will be modified, retained, or changed after it August 18.

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