Presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo defends the supposed “harsh” lockdown protocols

Presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo defends the supposed “harsh” lockdown protocols

- Presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo defended the supposed “harsh” lockdown protocols

- This was after some reactions aired online about the protocols being enforced on people getting in and out of Metro Manila

- Some workers were reportedly denied of entry to Metro Manila hours after the community quarantine was implemented

- He also assured the public that the government prepared assistance to those who will be affected by the lockdown

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Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo defended the lockdown protocols with regards to people getting in and out of Metro Manila. Reactions and complaints aroused after reports of workers allegedly denied entry to Metro Manila hours before the community quarantine commenced.

“Walang namamatay sa gutom. Ang isang buwan, hindi ka pa mamamatay," said Panelo on Sunday.

The spokesperson insisted that the protocols were implemented to avoid COVID-19 transmissions.

On Thursday, President Rodrigo Duterte announced the community quarantine which started on March 15, 2020 until April 14, 2020. In earlier statements, the government assured workers residing outside NCR that they will be allowed entry as long as they present the necessary proofs that they work in the NCR.

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“Anong gusto nila, huwag silang i-check o ‘wag silang makapasok? Sige nga,” said Panelo in an interview with Inquirer.

Panelo likewise assured that the government has prepared assistance to those who will be affected by the lockdown.

Meanwhile, Panelo's statement elicited reactions online:

Panelo, I dare you to say this again....but in front of homeless families, contractual workers and all other people most vulnerable to this lockdown
Remember when he did the public transport challenge to prove that there was no Transport Crisis in Manila— and failed horribly? Well it's time for another Challenge Panelo.
I challenge Panelo not to consume food and water for a month to prove his statement. We need hard evidence, sir. Kindly do the honor.

The Philippines has 111 confirmed COVID-19 cases including 8 fatalities.

Salvador Panelo is a Filipino lawyer who is currently the Presidential Spokesperson of President Rodrigo Duterte. Panelo is a former Director of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines.

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