Will the government implement stricter measures during the lockdown?
Here are the stories making the headlines of ANC today:
Fears of a “martial law-like” scenario is spreading after an internal memorandum from the Philippine Air Force (PAF) was leaked. The memo outlined the role of the military and police in such a scenario. Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Spokesperson Brig. Gen. Edgard Arevalo said the memo was for the purpose of “advance information” for the purpose of preparation. President Duterte said in his last public address that he could order a martial law-like lockdown to prevent violations of the enhanced community quarantine.
Extended or modified
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said the lockdown could be extended or modified. Interior Sec. Eduardo Ano said President Duterte could get a recommendation on the lockdown by April 25, five days before the lockdown should’ve ended. Some quarters have been suggesting a selective lifting of the lockdown at the barangay level.
Resigned Socioeconomic Planning Sec. Ernesto Pernia said there should be better coordination between government and private sector, implying that the call to “heal as one” did not translate to “moving as one.” Pernia had wanted more economic activity in a modified lockdown scenario and more infrastructure works during the lockdown. In resigning, he said he was a “dissonant” voice within the Cabinet.
A grandson of Abu Sayyaf leader Radullan Sahiron was killed in a bloody clash on Friday in Patikul, Sulu which also left 11 soldiers dead. The AFP’s Western Mindanao Command (Westmincom) said it expects more attacks by the Abu Sayyaf because of the Sulu clash.
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