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‘Hinay-hinay lang’: Palace discourages panic buying as NCR moves to higher lockdown level

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By Prince Golez

Malacañang on Monday urged people not to engage in panic buying as Metro Manila and other nearby provinces revert to modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) starting August 4.

In a virtual presser, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque assured there was sufficient supply of basic goods in the market.

“mga kababayan walang dahilan para tayo ay mag panic buying. Unang-una ang ang pagsara natin muli ito’y katugunan natin doon sa kahilingan ng ating mga frontliners na kinakailangan lang nila mag-break,” said Roque.

“Ibig sabihin wala talaga tayong plano mag lockdown. Ang supply ay napakataas. Ang ating supply ay na-deliver na sa mga supermarkets, anticipating na mas mataas talaga ang demand. So mas marami talagang stocks ang ating mga supermarkets.

“Wag kayong mag-alala. Handa ang ating mga supermarkets at mga ibang nagbebenta para sa mas malaking demand. Hinay-hinay lang po. No need to panic. This is primarily to accede to the demand of the frontliners for a break, for a timeout at pagsasamantalahan lang ng gobyerno yung timeout para mas mapaigting ang ating tracing, testing at treatment,” he added.

Aside from Metro Manila, Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal will also be placed on MECQ tomorrow.

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