President Rodrigo Duterte, evening of March 19, addresses the local government units (LGUs) to implement the enhanced community quarantine, or lockdown, in accordance with the directives of national government.
“To all LGUs, let us move forward together with one accord, implement the lockdowns, and save our people from the dreaded disease, once and for all,” President Duterte appealed.
“There is only one republic here, the Republic of the Philippines. And therefore, you should abide by the directives of the national government when it sets abide by the directives of the whole for the good of the country and the protocols observed during the time of the lockdown,” he explained.
He also added that this time he does not think it is just a quarantine or quarantine. “I think that we are already in the stage of a lockdown simply because the contagion continues to take its toll in the countryside,” he noted.
“In the coming days, we will need the help of the LGUs more and more. So I want to make this clear early on. Let us work together to implement this quarantine, and it should all begin with the LGUs making sure that your actions are consistent with the national directives. To do otherwise would sow confusion. All over the world, there is confusion and chaos already because of these lockdowns. We are not the only ones into it. All countries of the world, as a matter of fact, are doing it. And that is why it adds more trouble than what is already there that we can handle,” he said.