Robredo questions shift to MGCQ for entire PH

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Vice President Leni Robredo faced the public on Tuesday night, Feb. 16, 2021, in light of the decision of the Supreme Court, sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), to dismiss the entire electoral protest filed by defeated candidate Bongbong Marcos. In her statement, the Vice President said the decision affirms her rightful victory in the 2016 elections. She underscored that despite the difficulties brought by the electoral protest, she and her office remained faithful to “the more important work of serving our people”, and called on everyone “to put this rancor behind us and let us move forward together.” “Maraming, maraming pinagdadaanan iyong ating bansa ngayon. Marami tayong kahirapan na pinagdadaanan, isantabi muna natin. Isantabi muna natin iyong mga sama ng loob, isantabi muna iyong mga hindi pagkakaintindihan, isantabi muna iyong away kasi maraming umaasa sa atin. So ako, hinihikayat ko ang lahat na let us join hands, let us unify, let us focus on the work in front of us,” said VP Leni. (Photo by Jay Ganzon/OVP)

The proposal to place the entire country under the least stringent modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic was questioned by Vice President Leni Robredo on Sunday.

Ano yung basis ng MGCQ? Wala naman problema kung mag-MGCQ kung may basehan tayo dun (What is the basis for shifting to MGCQ? I see no problem in that for as long as there is a basis),” Robredo said in her weekly radio show “BISErbisyong Leni” over radio station DZXL.

Acting National Financial and Improvement Specialist (Neda) Secretary Karl Kendrick Chua has recommended to President Rodrigo Duterte to put the whole nation under MGCQ by March to spur more business activity.

Nine out of 17 Metro Manila mayors have expressed support to the proposal together with the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases.

However, the OCTA Research group has prescribed caution, as it noted “a slight upward trend” of Covid-19 cases in Metro Manila, known as one of the country’s coronavirus hotspots.

Malacanang spokesperson Harry Roque said that Duterte may consider placing the entire country under MGCQ at the start of next month, and will make an official announcement for that on Monday or the succeeding days.

 

BY ARIZ RODIL

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