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By Prince Golez

President Rodrigo Duterte will call on Congress to convene a special session to approve more money for the government’s response to the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, his spokesman said.

“Kaya nga magpapatawag ng special session ang Presidente para ‘yung P1.6 billion na budget e maipasa na,” according to Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo.

“Kaya maraming gagawin ngayon ang Kongreso kaugnay dito. Dahil seryosong-seryoso ang Presidente na kailangan sirain na natin itong virus na ito,” Panelo said in an interview over dzMM Thursday.

Earlier, several senators urged Duterte to call for a special session of Congress to approve emergency funding for Covid-19 response and to provide aid to the poor affected by the enhanced community quarantine.

The President has placed the entire Luzon on lockdown, imposing stringent home quarantine in all households and suspending mass and public transportation for 30 days.

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