- President Rodrigo Duterte said in his speech that the effects of COVID-19 crisis in the country could last for 2 years
- He also claimed that he was the first to place a lockdown because he has been following the COVID-19 situation
- The President said that he knew it was coming because he has been studying the pandemic
- He also assured the Filipinos of hope and that there is no need to worry about the money during COVID-19 crisis
President Rodrigo Duterte said in his televised nation address that he has been studying the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
KAMI learned that the President also called on the public to refrain from rushing to solve the pandemic.
In his national address on Thursday, President Duterte said that the COVID-19 crisis in the country could last for 2 years.
“Kapag hindi naayos itong COVID-19, mapurnada talaga tayong lahat. Huwag ninyong madaliin. Sabihin ko sa inyo, think of COVID-19 sa ganitong sitwasyon: Tatakbo ito ng two years,” Duterte said.
He also shrugged off the reports that he downplayed the coronavirus situation. The President said that he knew the crisis was coming and said that he was the first to impose the lockdown.
“Ito nakikita ko na noon pa. Itong COVID na ‘to sinsusundan ko talaga. Ako ang pinakaunang lahat naglockdown kasi nasusundan ko na ang storya,” he said.
“Sabi ko nagbabasa naman ako, different sources of knowledge — Facebook, everything, lahat ng what I can get my hands on to study the matter because presidente ako. Dumating nga,” Duterte added.
According to CNN Philippines, the President assured his people of hope and that there is no need to worry about money.
"You can keep criticizing, pero alam ng Pilipino ano itong COVID at ano ang hakbang ng gobyerno. Ako magbigay ako sa inyo ng hope. For the time na andito ako, ako ang [may] control, ibigay ko lahat. Do not worry about the money," he said.
As per the Department of Health, there are now 3,870 COVID-19 cases in the country. The 182 of the patients passed away, while the 96 were able to recover.
On March 17, President Rodrigo Duterte placed the entire Luzon under enhanced community quarantine and it was extended from April 12 to April 30, 2020.
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