Senators believe that President Rodrigo Duterte’s declaration of a national state of calamity up to September 2021 is not enough.
Senate President Tito Sotto said senators want the President to extend the state of calamity up to the end of his term in June 2022 to ensure every body’s safety.
“Walang nakakasiguro kung hanggang kailan ito. Alam mo ang suggestion pa nga ng Senado, ng leadership ng Senado, ang suggestion namin, binabalangkas na namin yung sinabi kong pag address ng issues on corruption, ease of doing business, anti-red tape, ang tingin pa namin, pwede hanggang 2022,” said Soto i a radio interview.
“(Magsiguro) talaga tayo, para safe tayo. Walang makakapag sabi. Di bale ng lampas, wag lang kulang tayo, delikado, di ba? It is possible, kung may pagkukulang pa kaming nailagay sa Bayanihan 2 na gusto ng Presidente pa, may kakailanganin pa,” he added.
Duterte first declared a national state of calamity good for six months in mid-March when he ordered one of the world’s most stringent and longest lockdown to combat COVID.
Duterte extended the state of calamity from September 13, 2020, to September 12, 2021 to “effectively afford the national government, as well as local government units (LGUs), ample latitude to continue utilizing appropriate funds, including the quick response fund, in their disaster preparedness and response efforts to contain the spreadof COVID-19, monitor and control prices of basic necessities and prime commodities, and provide basic services to the affected populations.”