Pres. Duterte Got Call to the Public This Christmas Season
DUTERTE – Philippine President Rodrigo Roa Duterte spoke about the Christmas gatherings this holiday season amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Philippines has one of the longest celebrations of the Christmas season. As early as September, Christmas songs can already be heard playing in shopping malls. Many people also start planning out on what gifts to buy for their loved ones.
Filipinos like holding Christmas parties and family reunions during the holiday season. It ignites the spirit of love and sharing more as family and friends reunite.
However, this December, the Christmas celebration may be a bit different. It is because of the threats of COVID-19 that is still present in the Philippines now.
Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Pres. Rodrigo Roa Duterte is calling to the public to avoid Christmas gatherings. He admitted that the government cannot fully control the people but the effect of the people’s actions may have a domino effect.
“Iwasan muna ninyo. 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 President expressed during his late-night briefing.
Based on a report of ABS-CBN, Pres. Duterte also cited that we had a lot of Christmas parties before and it is only this Christmas that the government “will interfere in your private affairs”. The Department of Health (DOH) previously expressed that it is preparing for a possible spike on the COVID-19 cases after the holiday season.
Metro Manila will remain under General Community Quarantine (GCQ) this December. Christmas parties in public and private companies and agencies are not allowed.
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