"Do not try to overdo things or think that you can do what you want to do" -Duterte to LGUs
President Rodrigo Duterte has warned that a case may be filed against local government officials who disregard the guidelines of the enhanced community quarantine. He made this pronouncement during a 1 a.m. address earlier today.
“If you go beyond the standards that we have set, you are abusing your authority, and you know that it can lead to administrative cases, or even worse—unless you stop what you are doing—criminal cases cannot be far behind," said Duterte.
According to the President, the COVID-19 pandemic is an "emergency of national proportions," which is why the national government should be followed. He also tasked the Department of Interior and Local Government as well as Department of Justice to monitor how local governments are implementing the quarantine guidelines.
Anyone found toeing the line will be penalized with a case.
“Do not try to overdo things or think that you can do what you want to do, because that is not allowed...We move in one direction precisely to place the contagion in control, he said, adding "Huwag kang magbiyahe nang sarili mo. Isa lang…sa gobyerno lang.”
He also reminded LGU officials that social distancing was the best way to prevent the spread of COVID-19, which has infected over 200 people in the country. “Implement the lockdowns and save our people from the dreaded disease once and for all.”
The enhanced community quaratine was implemented on March 17 by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases. Under its guidelines, several non-essential establishments closed as well as public transportation. Flights going in and out of the country have also been restricted.
Is it Vico Sotto?
Pasig Mayor Vico Sotto has been aggressive in combating COVID-19 in his city. He purchased drones to disinfect Pasig without the need for human contact and allowed tricycles as transport for frontliners. He also assured Pasig City officials that they will be paid even if they're under quarantine.
Sotto, however, stopped the use of tricycles after Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles told him "to stick to common ground rules." Netizens are wondering if the most recent presidential address was about the 30-year-old mayor.
This story originally appeared on Pep.ph.
* Minor edits have been made by the Esquiremag.ph editors.