President Rodrigo Duterte, during his public address March 16, said that while the general public are being required to stay at home, COVID-19 frontliners will continue to do their job. The President also said that he will continue to work and will even go outside.
Hours after his public address, President Duterte went to Meycauayan-Valenzuela border, a border between Metro Manila and Bulacan where people were stranded due to the enhanced community quarantine extended to entire Luzon. According to GMA News Online report, the President arrived 4:35 a.m, March 17.
“Ang gobyerno – ang taga-gobyerno – unahin ko na ‘yung na-assign diyan sa frontline sa COVID, if you are there assigned and if you feel that you are not ready to maybe have the problems of being sick, you – you can tell your superior,” President Duterte said in his public address.
“Pagka wala na kasing iba, kung takot na lahat, ang papasok ang Armed Forces pati ang police. Sila ‘yung magdala and sabi ko nga eh kung mamatay sila, I would also like to join them para walang masabi ang tao,” he explained.
“Ako lalabas ako. You will see me. Ay lalabas ako. Hindi ako maniwala niyang – kasi ako may ibang doctrine ako sa buhay eh. And that is kung panahon ko na, panahon ko na either COVID, bala, crash o anuman. Kung hindi ako mag-survive ng COVID, eh hindi ako karapat-dapat maging mayor dito sa Pilipinas,” he added.
“We all have a responsibility to fight this disease and prevent it from spreading to our fellowmen. These social distancing measures are necessary to kill the adversary,” he said.