Duterte urges public to follow health, safety rules on All Saints Day

Published October 27, 2020, 4:34 PM

by Genalyn Kabiling

President Duterte has appealed to the public to follow the government’s safety and health rules and regulations while visiting their deceased loved ones in the cemeteries.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over a meeting with the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) core members prior to his talk to the people at the Matina Enclaves in Davao City on October 26, 2020.

The President, in his taped public address Tuesday, said he expects a safe and peaceful observance of All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day. 

“Ngayon sa itong sa All Saints’, All Souls’ Day, wala naman… Naka-fix na ‘yan. No liquor, no deadly instruments lalo na ang baril, unless you are a military or a police.  (On All Saints’ Day, All Souls’ Day, it’s already been fixed. No liquor, no deadly instruments especially guns unless you are a military or a police),” Duterte said.

“I would just say may you have a safe celebration of the All Saints’ Day and just follow rules. It’s for your own good,” he added.

The government pandemic task force has ordered the closure of all public and private cemeteries, memorial parks and columbarium throughout the country from Oct. 29 to Nov. 4 to curb the influx of people and mass gatherings amid the coronavirus outbreak.

The public will be allowed to visit their departed loved ones except on the prohibited dates but subject to certain minimum public health standards.

The task force has limited the number of visitors of cemeteries to 30 percent venue capacity. All visitors are required to wear face masks and face shields, as well as observe safe distancing to curb coronavirus transmission. Age restrictions have also been lifted for the visitors of these places.