By Prince Golez
President Rodrigo Duterte expressed support for the call of United Nations (UN) Secretary-General António Guterres for global ceasefire against terrorism in light of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.
“The Philippines supports the Secretary General’s report for a global ceasefire. It is most welcome and appreciated,” Duterte said before the special session of the UN General Assembly on Covid-19.
The Presidents said lawless elements are taking advantage of the pandemic to disrupt public order.
“The challenges posed by the pandemic go beyond health and economy. In many parts of the world, the pandemic has worsened threats to peace and security,” according to him.
“The lawless weaponize this health crisis. They cripple the state’s ability to respond. They leave Covid-19 to wreak its worst on the population. This is an inconvenient truth – but one that we must face head on.”
Protecting the Filipinos people from terrorist threats, he also said, “is just as urgent as it was before the pandemic.”
“In my country, this fight is about protecting life while preserving the democratic values we have restored without violence,” Duterte told UN.