first_imgThe Ilonggo lawmaker said in a statementover the weekend that the extension of the ECQ is just needed in order to get aclearer and more accurate assessment of the situation. “We have sacrificed so much toprevent a further spread of the COVID-19 and a total collapse of our healthsystem. It will be a total waste if we lift prematurely the enhanced communityquarantine,” Drilon said. The Philippines has recorded 3,094coronavirus cases, based on Department of Health’s data of Saturday afternoon,including 144 fatalities and 57 recoveries./PN The Vice President also stressed theimportance of enforcing a maximum tolerance following Duterte’s earlier orderto shoot troublemakers dead if policemen’s lives were on the line. MANILA – Opposition senator FranklinDrilon is pushing to extend the ongoing 30-day enhanced community quarantine(ECQ) in Luzon to prevent the further spread of the coronavirus disease 2019(COVID-19). “Sang-ayonako dahil ‘yung nakikita nating projections. Pero crucial para mag-cooperate angmga tao, crucial na naiintindihannila kung bakit kailangan gawin,” she said in an interview with ABS CBNNews Channel. “When more than 100 million livesare at stake, any amount of delay in government response is a mortal sin andunforgivable,” Drilon said. “Kawawanaman po ang 18 milyongpinakamahihirap na Filipino. They are the most affected by this lockdown.” According to Drilon, the government mustbe able to move fast and decisively in order to prevent the scarcity of food,feed around 18 million poorest of the poor, assist those who lost livelihood,and take care of the depleting health workforce during the extension. “Okayna maging istrikto sa enforcement, perokailangan humane pa rin angtreatment sa tao,” she said. Secretary Carlito Galvez has said onSaturday that, if ever the enhanced community quarantine being implemented as ameasure to prevent the further spread of COVID-19 is extended, it may possiblyonly be for a maximum of 15 days. “Kunghindi nila naiintindihan bakit kailangan gawin, ‘yung resistance nandyan… Information at pag-asikaso ng pangangailangan nila aynapakahalaga,” the Vice President added. Vice President Leni Robredo alsoexpressed her support on the possible extension of enhanced communityquarantine as she stressed the need for government to make the peopleunderstand such measure and to fast track assistance. “We are only beginning to see thedata. I see some data that shows it is effective, but it is too early to tell.An extra two weeks would help,” added the Senate Minority Leader.last_img

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