Gov't to 'calibrate' measures if quarantine violations continue — Duterte

Published June 7, 2021, 11:33 PM

by Genalyn Kabiling

The government is prepared to implement stricter steps if some people would continue to defy health and safety protocols against the spread of the coronavirus disease.

President Rodrigo Duterte presides over the 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 Kingdom of Jesus Christ Compound in Davao City on June 7, 2021. (Malacañang)

President Duterte talked about calibrating the government’s response after lamenting the reports of quarantine violations in Bacolod and Cagayan de Oro while the country battles the pandemic.

“For as long people do not honor the protocols prescribed by government, kung ayaw nilang sumunod, ayaw nilang maniwala, walang katapusan ang COVID (if they don’t want to follow, they wan’t to believe, there will be no end to COVID),” Duterte said in a televised address Monday, June 7.

“As we go along with this journey ridding the pandemic from our country, we will adopt measures that would be commensurate to the gravity of the situation,” he said. “We might calibrate our response to the intransigence that you will show.”

According to the President, the government has the authority to “control” movement but he did not reveal his exact plans on how to address the reported quarantine breach in some areas.

“Kung talagang ayaw ninyo sumunod, then we can go into marami. I could, ayaw ko lang sabihin, but we have the power to control it actually kung ginusto lang namin pahirapan ang tao (If you don’t want to follow, then we can go into many…I could, I just don’t want to say but we have the power to control it if we want to make it hard for the people),” he said.

Duterte, in his address, admitted receiving reports of protocol violations monitored in “Mindanao, Bacolod and Cagayan de Oro.”

“I passed the place while going home to Mindanao. ‘Ang mga tao balewala, parang walang nangyari, parang walang sakit. Basta pasyal nang pasyal (People were acting as if nothing has happened, as if there is no pandemic. They keep strolling around),” he said.

“They go about their daily business though not intentional of harming other people, but consciously having the COVID-19 in their bodies. Alam mo ‘yan (You know that) and you do not honor the protocols,”he said.

At present, the government has required people to observe minimum public health standards, including wearing of masks and physical distancing, to curb the spread of the virus. Restrictions on certain large gatherings have also been imposed in areas under stricter community quarantine classifications. Various local government units have passed ordinances imposing penalties for violations of the quarantine rules.

The country’s cases of coronavirus jumped to 1,276,004 Monday, June 7, after the authorities reported 6,539 new cases. Over 20,000 people have died from the illness in the country.

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