MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) to implement stricter protocols to combat the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), more importantly, the Delta variant.
“I urge the DILG and the PNP to implement existing protocols with greater urgency and necessity. It is only by imposing these restrictions that we can fight the threat of Delta variant,” Duterte said during his weekly Talk to the Nation that aired on Monday (July 19).
The president said that the reported local cases of the Delta variant is a cause for serious alarm and concern as its rate of transmission is more than double of the alpha variant.
The chief executive believes that the reimposition of stricter restrictions help avoid mass gatherings and prevent super spreader events.
He hopes that the country’s existing infrastructure in dealing with the problem of COVID-19 Delta variant, such as the vaccination program, can cope up and be as effective in dealing with the said variant.
“Pagka andito na, kung sakali man it will spread, I hope it will not, then we’ll have to go again to stricter measure.”
The president also reminded the public that the government’s security forces act upon his orders with an aim to protect the people against the deadly viral disease.
“Remember, the reason why the security forces of the government are very strict is not because they want to be strict and they want to make it hard for the people to move. Rather, they are strict because they want to protect the country from a very contagious disease and maybe cause more deaths, more than the lives that we lost in the past,” Duterte said.
“Huwag kayong magalit sa police o sa mga military kasi utos ko yan. So hindi nila kasalanan. Kasi pag hindi nila naimplement, pag may nakita ako na violations, sila man ang bubulyawan ko. In other words, they are just doing their duty,” the president further said. —/mbmf