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Pres. Duterte Skipped the Wednesday Address to the People

DUTERTE – Malacañang revealed the reason why President Rodrigo Roa Duterte skipped this week’s national address.

The Philippines is facing a bigger challenge now following a spike in the COVID-19 cases in the country. For several days now, the country is recording higher daily cases of coronavirus compared to last year’s.

The said spike in the COVID-19 cases in the country prompted the national government to impose stricter community quarantine measures in several areas.

Since March 29, the whole National Capital Region (NCR) and the provinces of Bulacan, Rizal, Laguna, and Cavite are under Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ). It was set until April 4, 2021 and further extended for a week amid the pursuit to curb the spread of COVID-19.

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President Rodrigo Roa Duterte

Every Wednesday, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte speaks to the people through a televised national address. He gives updates about the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic and as well as responds to some issues.

However, for this week, Pres. Duterte skipped the national address. Malacañang was quick to inform the public about the reason of the Chief Executive’s public address being cancelled.

According to presidential spokesperson Harry Roque, Pres. Duterte skipped this week’s national address following 126 members of the Presidential Security Group (PSG) having contracted COVID-19. The spokesman stressed the safety of the Chief Executive and as well as the members of his security team.

“The physical safety of the President remains our utmost concern. In addition, the preparation for the Talk to the People Address entails a number of staff complement and we also take due consideration of their well-being,” Roque expressed based on the report.

Currently, the fight against the spread of COVID-19 is ongoing along with the vaccination drive. The healthcare workers are the top priorities in the administration of the COVID-19 vaccine.

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