Press Release
May 12, 2020


"The President's decision was based on recommendations made by health experts who have been on top of the health crisis. I am confident that the recommendations given to him were the result of intelligent discussions that were based on solid data provided by authorities on the ground.

"I know that many of our people in the National Capital Region and other areas who are under MECQ are itching to go back to their jobs and start earning incomes again. I understand their concerns about losing their work and being unable to provide for the basic needs of their families. But while these are valid and serious, I believe that it is best if we all proceed on the side of caution and not throw away the gains of our sacrifices for almost two months.

"Rushing back to the 'old' normal, or even just a semblance of it, will be reckless. It will expose majority of our people to the continuing threat of the infectious novel coronavirus and open the gates for a second wave, which could be more vicious and difficult to handle.

On the other hand, the downgrade to a general community quarantine for many regions should be challenge for everyone to be more responsible individuals - humans who care for the welfare of each other and the welfare of the state.

"Ngayon natin makikita ang disiplina at responsibilidad ng bawat isa sa atin.

"Walang sinuman sa atin ang gustong bumalik ulit sa ECQ. Nakasalalay sa ating lahat ang success o failure ng ating laban kontra COVID-19."

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