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Kailangan ng kumita ng tao: Luzon lockdown should not go beyond May, Romero says

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By JOHN CARLO M. CAHINHINAN

House Deputy Speaker Mikee Romero urged the national government that the proposed second extension of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) should not go beyond May.

Romero, representative of 1-PACMAN Party-list, said quarantine beyond May “simply cannot be done given the lack of discipline,” stressing the “extreme necessity of earning income, and the drive to return to normal life even if that normal would be a new one.”

“I refuse to accept any of the scenarios showing we could have community quarantine of any kind beyond the month of May. We must crush and squash the spread of COVID-19 now,” he said.

Romero advised the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) to use the remaining 12 days of the extended ECQ to conduct mass testing especially in areas heavily infected by the dreaded COVID-19 virus.

“We must test every probable and suspect case of COVID-19 in every city, town, and province. All of them. No exceptions. No excuses,” he said.

He added that if 12 days are not enough, he would support the proposal of House committee on ways and means chair Joey Salceda to further extend the Luzon lockdown by another 14 days.

Romero also stressed that the government should “go full throttle on lockdown measures under peacekeeping mode” in the remaining days of the ECQ policy.

“With the State of Emergency as legal basis, what we need to stop COVID-19 now is a full-scale red alert peacekeeping mobilization of the military and police until April 30 covering Metro Manila, Central Luzon, and Calabarzon. Not martial law,” said Romero.

He also suggested for the imposition of curfew from 12:00 noon to 6:00 a.m.

“This is necessary because we have over one hundred thousand violators of the quarantine measures. Their numbers are rising,” he said.

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