Vice Ganda, inihayag ang pagkadismaya sa pabago-bagong desisyon ng gobyerno ukol sa GCQ at ‘granular lockdown’

Vice Ganda, inihayag ang pagkadismaya sa pabago-bagong desisyon ng gobyerno ukol sa GCQ at ‘granular lockdown’

- Vice Ganda was not able to hide his disappointment at the seemingly flip-flopping stance of the government in its announcement of a GCQ status and ‘granular lockdown’

- The comedian’s statement on ‘It’s Showtime’ came after the IATF’s withdrawal of its earlier declaration that it will change NCR’s status to GCQ and implement a ‘granular lockdown’

- This would allow many businesses to open and people to start working again

- In a fit of exasperation, Vice said the IATF is only fooling the Filipino people

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Actor-comedian and TV host Vice Ganda did not hide his disappointment over the seemingly flip-flopping stance of the government over NCR’s quarantine status.

Vice Ganda, inihayag ang pagkadismaya sa pabago-bagong desisyon ng gobyerno ukol sa GCQ at ‘granular lockdown’
Photo: Vice Ganda (@praybeytbenjamin)
Source: Instagram

About a week ago, the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) announced that it would downgrade the quarantine status in the NCR to GCQ.

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At the same time, the task force also said it would start implementing a ‘granular lockdown,’ where stricter quarantine restrictions would only be implemented in smaller areas where COVID cases are high.

This means if there is only one barangay in Quezon City with a high rate of COVID cases, a lockdown will not be implemented in the entire city but only be focused on that one barangay.

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Morever, ‘granular lockdowns’ would be under the purview of the local government unit (LGU), not of a national agency like the IATF.

If this happens, then businesses in other barangays located within a particular city can reopen for business.

However, the government, through the IATF, reversed its earlier decision and opted to let the current quarantine restriction, which is MECQ, to stay in place until September 15.

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With the latest stance of the government on NCR’s quarantine status, Vice Ganda, who was visibly disappointed, was unable to keep in check his frustration and disappointment.

“Ay, GCQ na ready ka… Paglabas mo ay MECQ ulit. Pinaglololoko nyo kami,” Vice said on It’s Showtime.

He also said it would seem the Filipino people is being taken for a ride.

“Alam nyo napaglalaruan yung mga tao. Kawawa napaglaruan. Tapos hindi kayo humihingi ng sorry, tinatalakan nyo pa sila,” the comedian further said on the show.

The IATF has provided an explanation as to why it changed its position at the last minute.

The Task Force said most LGUs in the NCR are not ready yet for implementation of granular lockdowns.

The Philippines is considered to be among the countries in the world with the longest lockdown measures. Beginning in mid-March of 2020, lockdowns in some places in the Philippines still continue up to this day. When the IATF announced that it would start implementing granular lockdowns beginning September 8, people and businesses looked forward to the date with high hopes. Those hopes were dashed when the IATF reversed its earlier pronouncement and said that the current MECQ will stay in place. A granular lockdown may cover just a couple of streets within a barangay, or some barangays within a particular city. Furthermore, such lockdowns will be determined by the LGU and not by a national agency. With a granular lockdown, businesses in other barangays could resume operations.

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The government and IATF have been getting a lot of flaks lately, not only because of their postponement of the downgrading of the quarantine status but also due to the meltdown of some officials. Recently, a leaked video of Sec. Harry Roque, obtained by Inquirer, reacting angrily during an IATF meeting has now gone viral. In the video, Roque was raising his voice and was also pointing his finger, apparently, at the doctors during a Zoom meeting who were opposing the plan of the government to implement a granular lockdown. Dr. Maricar Limpin, one of the doctors who attended the meeting, came out and revealed how she felt during the meeting, saying they were "shocked" and "insulted."

Celebrities also have reacted to the tirades of Sec. Roque. In the case of Angel Locsin, she took to social media to air her thoughts on the Malacañang Spox's viral video. It could be seen in the leaked video that the Presidential spokesperson became emotional during an IATF meeting.He could not help raising his voice while opposing a doctor who pleaded to retain NCR under hard lockdown.On her Instagram Stories, Angel bravely questioned Roque’s way of raising his concern.


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