- President Rodrigo Duterte talked about the possible opening of classes in the country amid the COVID-19 crisis
- The President insisted that he would not risk the lives of the students and mentioned that opening the classes soon “spells disaster”
- President Duterte believes there should be a vaccine first against COVID-19 before the students go back to school
- He also mentioned that a vaccine could be available before the year ends
President Rodrigo Duterte discussed the opening of classes amid the COVID-19 crisis in the Philippines during his televised address on Monday.
KAMI learned that President Duterte insisted that he would not risk the lives of the students during the pandemic.
In a report by GMA News Online (authored by Julia Mari Ornedo), President Duterte said that opening the classes soon “spells disaster.”
“I will not allow the opening of classes na magdikit dikit ‘yang mga bata. Bahala nang hindi na makatapos. For this generation walang makatapos na doktor pati engineer,” he said.
“Wala nang aral, laro na lang unless I am sure that they are really safe. It’s useless to be talking about the opening of classes. Para sa akin, bakuna muna,” the President added.
The President mentioned that it is possible to have a vaccine discovered before the year ends.
In a previous report by KAMI, the Department of Education announced that the opening of classes will start on August 24, 2020.
Earlier, President Duterte suspended the classes in Metro Manila upon the declaration of community quarantine due to the coronavirus disease crisis in the country.
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