Duterte urges evacuees not to return home until situation in Taal is safe
Aileen Cerrudo • January 15, 2020 • 551
President Rodrigo Duterte urged evacuees not to return to their homes yet until the situation in the Taal region is considered safe.
“Wala munang babalik doon hangga’t hindi mag-kalma ang panahon (No one is allowed to return until the situation is calmer). Nobody is allowed to go there, to go back until such time that you are safe,” he said.
The chief executive visited over 1,000 evacuees currently taking shelter in Batangas Provincial Sports Complex. He also distributed cash assistance worth P3,000 and food packs.
Over 30,000 residents were evacuated from Batangas and Cavite after authorities raised alert level 4 on Sunday (January 12) due to Taal Volcano’s eruption.
Duterte also assured the evacuees that the local government, government agencies, and members of his Cabinet will be open to provide assistance to those in need.
“I am really very pleased, very happy that all agencies are here on hand and trying their best to do their best to help the community,” he said. —AAC (with reports from Rosalie Coz)
President Rodrigo Duterte will make his final decision on Thursday (September 17) regarding the reduction of physical distancing in public transportation.
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said doctors have opposing opinions on the matter and added that last meeting of the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) Against COVID-19 even took six hours discussing the issue.
“Ang mga doctor iba-iba rin po ang mga pananaw. Wala pong isang opinyon pagdating dito sa pagbawas ng isang dangkal lang naman na social distancing sa pampublikong mga transportation(Our doctors have varying opinions. There is no unified opinion when it comes to social distancing in public transportation),” he said on Wednesday (September 16) during a press briefing.
Roque also said the IATF based their recommendation to reduce physical distancing on research and advice from doctors.
“Ang rekomendasyon po ay isusumite kay Preisdente. Si Presidente na po ang magde-decide (The recommendation has been submitted to the President and he will be the one to decide),“ Roque said. AAC (with reports from Rosalie Coz)
MANILA, Philippines — For the first time since his fifth State of the Nation Address (SONA), President Rodrigo Duterte made his public appearance to visit Jolo, Sulu.
Specifically, the President visited the sites of the twin explosions that occurred on August 24 which killed a number of soldiers.
He delivered a short speech before the troops at Kuta Heneral Teodulfo Bautista Headquarters where he vowed to give his full support to the military in fighting and eradicating terrorists activities in Mindanao.
“Bilang isang Pilipino ibibigay ko sa inyo ang lahat ng suporta na kailangan ninyo para matupad ang inyong misyon dito sa Jolo (As a Filipino, I will give you all the support you need to accomplish your mission here in Jolo),” he said.
“I commit myself to working with you my dear troops to ensure that these terrorists will have no future in this country,” he added.
During the ceremony, the President commended the soldiers who sacrificed their lives for the sake of peace and order in the province.
President Duterte said that he regrets the situation in Mindanao and added that if not for the atrocities in the region, it could have attained the progress that the province has been aspiring for decades.
“For decades, Mindanao’s progress has been hindered by the threat of insurgency and extremism,” the President said.
“Kung wala lang sana itong seed of hatred na nakalagay sa isip from generation to generation, sana ngayon maganda na ang buhay para sa lahat, (If only the seeds of hatred had not been planted in the minds of people from generation to generation, quality of life [in the region]would have improved for everyone by now),” he added.
The President appeals to all government forces to continue the fight against terrorism and work hard to achieve long lasting peace in the country.
“If we cannot really agree, then we fight and we fight hard hanggang magkaubusan na (until no one is left). Maybe by that time, kung ubos na ang lahat, wala ng giyera (when everyone is gone, the war would finally end)” he said. MNP (with reports from Rosalie COZ)
The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has reiterated that mass gathering is still prohibited even during President Rodrigo Duterte’s 5th State of the Nation Address (SONA).
The reminder was issued following numerous requests made to the department from groups who want to conduct protest rallies during the President’s SONA on Monday (July 27).
In an advisory released by the DILG, the department reminded local government units (LGU) to prohibit mass gatherings, following the directive of the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID).
Meanwhile, the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) said they will strictly monitor and will apprehend anyone who will violate the IATF policies during SONA.
“Base sa instruction and guidelines na kapag may mag-rally doon na bawal at lalo na kapag walang permit at goes beyond the authorized number, aarestuhin talaga sila, (Based on the instruction and guidelines, if a group stages a rally without a permit and goes beyond the authorized number, they will be apprehended),” according to NCRPO Director PMGen. Debold Sinas. AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)
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