By Noreen Jazul
Albay 2nd district Rep. Joey Salceda said he will “not be surprised” if the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) in Metro Manila will be extended until May 15.
In an interview with DZRH on Wednesday, Salceda said it is likely that the ECQ in Metro Manila will be extended if residents continue to disobey safety measures imposed by the government, such as social distancing.
“That’s my own reading,” Salceda said. “Ang gulo gulo niyo (sa Metro Manila).” (People in Metro Manila are very unruly.)
Salceda, chairman of the House ways and means committee, also said there are more people violating than complying with the government’s anti-COVID initiatives.
“Ang ibig kong sabihin ‘yung commitment ninyo to social distancing…di naman natin taimtim na ginagawa,” he said.
(What I mean is, you are not that committed to observing social distancing.)
“Doon sa Wuhan [China], di ka talaga makakalabas ng bahay, i-de-deliver lang sa iyo ang pagkain at aantayin mo. Dito sa atin ginagamit lang natin [ang quarantine pass] para lang makabili lang po ng Chippy,” he added.
(In Wuhan, you were not allowed outside your home, food would be delivered to you and all you had to do was wait. Here, people use the [quarantine pass] just to buy junk food.)
But if it were up to Salceda, the lawmaker said he wants the ECQ to end for the sake of the country’s economy.
Salceda, meanwhile, told off disobedient individuals.
“Kayo ang pumapatay sa matatanda natin. ‘Di niyo nararamdaman kayo ang nagdadala ng mikrobyo pauwi sa bahay niyo,” he said.
(You’re killing our elderly. You’re not aware that you’re bringing the virus home.)