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Sa paglaban sa COVID-19: Hontiveros says Filipinos have the right to a ‘coherent’ gov’t

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Filipinos deserve a government that will exercise “competent leadership” to shepherd the country out of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak.

Senator Risa Hontiveros made the remark on Friday following President Rodrigo Duterte’s announcement to enforce a monthlong “community quarantine” in Metro Manila to contain COVID-19.

However, some residents in Metro Manila and those in nearby provinces were confused since there are no guidelines yet on how it will be implemented. “There is a lot to clarify.”

“Tama na ang pagiging magulo. The Filipino people have been expecting a cohesive plan from our leaders,” said Hontiveros.

“In addition, the government should strive to express clear communication of its policies and guidelines surrounding the containment of this pandemic,” she said.

She urged the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) to immediately release specific guidelines of the community quarantine to be implemented in Metro Manila starting this weekend.

She said that the scheme will it affect on the daily lives of Filipinos and of those who work in the National Capital Region (NCR) “but reside elsewhere.”

“Our public health and local government authorities must be at the helm of this community quarantine, subject to proper parameters and regular review, in order to guide and assure the worried public,” she said.

“At the same time, we must not forget those who are most vulnerable and who have the least among us: the daily wage-earning poor and the loss of jobs that is already following in the wake of this pandemic,” she added.

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