- Senator Cynthia Villar drew flak on Saturday after her controversial statement on health workers' call for ECQ
- Medical front liners called on the government to place Mega Manila again under a period of enhanced community quarantine for half a month
- President Rodrigo Duterte previously announced that Metro Manila and other areas will remain under general community quarantine until August 15
- However, he directed the Inter-Agency Task Force for Emerging Infectious Diseasesact on the medical community's call immediately
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Senator Cynthia Villar drew flak over her recent statement regarding the health workers' call for ECQ for Mega Manila following the surge of COVID-19 cases in the country.
Around 40 medical societies urged the government to reimpose strict movement restrictions in Metro Manila and its nearby regions for two weeks. Through an open letter, the medical frontliners stated that the country's healthcare system is already at its maximum capacity and calling for a timeout through stricter quarantine measures.
Following the frontliners' call, Malacañang on Saturday said that President Rodrigo Duterte has directed the Inter-Agency Task Force for Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) to immediately act on the matter.
“President Rodrigo Roa Duterte has heard the concerns of the medical community,” said Spox Harry Roque in a statement.
Senator Villar was asked about her stand on the medical frontliner's plea. "Hindi na siguro, pagbutihin nila trabaho nila. Hindi pwedeng isara ang ekonomiya kasi kung di naman mamamatay sa COVID, mamamatay naman sa gutom ang tao," she said.
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Cynthia Aguilar Villar is currently serving as a Philippine Senator. She served as a financial analyst at the Philippine Shares Corporation and a professor at the Far Eastern University. In 1975, she tied the knot with former Senator Manny Villar.
In 1992, she founded the Villar Foundation, where she is currently its managing director. Senator Cynthia Villar remained as the richest senator in the country in 2019 and had a net worth of P3.53 billion with no liabilities as of June 30, 2019.
Her son Mark Villar is currently the DPWH secretary. Sec. Mark Villar previously confirmed he tested positive for COVID-19.
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