- President Rodrigo Duterte said the government is “inclined” to extend the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine
- If finalized, people living in Luzon would be on lockdown until April 30 to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019
- It can be recalled that the whole Luzon was earlier projected to be quarantined only until April 12
- The country’s chief also said that the national government is finding ways to adjust the budget
President Rodrigo Duterte said the national government is looking for the possibility to extend the enhanced community quarantine until April 30 to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019.
"We are inclined to extend the lockdown up to April 30. Tingnan natin," President Duterte said in a televised address late on Monday night, April 6.
"We are finding ways to adjust the budget,” he said. “We will prioritize the people, the stomach."
According to a report by Philippine Star, President Duterte also said that the P275 billion that Congress authorized him to spend would be gone in two months, adding that the Department of Finance should find ways to raise money for the country's needs.
"Government money has a limit. But we have food. Rice, I will try to find a way," the president said in Filipino.
Luzon was earlier projected to be quarantined only until April 12.
On the other hand, the President stressed that the solution to this pandemic is "do not get infected, do not leave the house."
"Hindi ko alam kung kailan kayo sabihin ko sa inyo sa bahay lang kayo. Hindi ko alam kung kailan ako makahatid ng pagkain sa lahat."
"Hindi ko alam kung saan ako kukuha ng pera. Hindi ko alam kung ano ang ipagbili na kung may magbibili... so just stay alert." he added.
In a previous report by KAMI, Vice President Leni Robredo admitted she was surprised that President Duterte came to defend her against Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) Commissioner Manuelito Luna.
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