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QUARANTINE EXTENSION | Philippines’ Duterte mulls extending Luzon lockdown to end-April
April 6, 2020 , 11:52 PM

(April 6, 2020) – President Rodrigo Duterte said he is “inclined” to extend the Luzon-wide lockdown until the end of April as the coronavirus continues to batter the Philippines.

The president made the announcement in his late night address on Monday, where he admitted government funds in dealing with the crisis may soon run dry.

“We are inclined to extend the lockdown up to April 30,” Duterte said. “Tignan natin after that.”

Duterte placed the island of Luzon, home to 60 million residents, under an enhanced community quarantine starting March 17 in a bid to contain the spread of the deadly virus.

He has also tasked Finance Secretary Sonny Dominguez to put up more funds to tide over the economy during the lockdown.

“Magnakaw ka, maghiram ka, wala akong pakialam,” he told the Finance chief. “I-produce mo yung pera kasi pag naubos na ito ‘di ko [na] malaman.”

The Bayanihan to Heal as One Act earmarked a P275 billion budget for the government’s response to the coronavirus crisis.

Duterte said the government now is now looking at ways of adjusting its budget, such as forgoing some government projects to shore up cash.

“Sinabi ko bawasan na lang yung iba or totally ilaglag mo na lang,” he said. “Ilagay mo dito kasi unahin natin dito ang tao, kasi ‘pag wala nang kinakain a human being can be violent.”

He said he was willing to go as far as selling Roxas Boulevard, which he referred to by its old name “Dewey Boulevard”, in exchange for rice.

The latest tally on coronavirus infections in the Philippines stood at 3,660 on Monday, with 163 dead, and 73 recoveries. (Christian de Lano Deiparine/JBS)

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