MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday night said he might declare the implementation of a "modified quarantine" in parts of Metro Manila and some areas in the country once the enhanced community quarantine ends amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.
"Malapit na. 'Yung iba naka-lockdown pa rin. Tayo, we might open partially," he said in a televised speech.
The President asked for more time as government officials iron out the details of the plan.
"You wait for it. Lalabas na ho, lalabas na 'yung modified, modified ang ano natin, quarantine. We will allow sectors of society that are not, hindi talaga nagdidikit-dikitan," Duterte said.
"Ang problema nito kung, kaya modified muna, kasi kung magsiksikan kayo diyan sa LRT na naman, wala nang katapusan itong problema natin. It will never end," Duterte added.
The Philippine government on Friday extended until May 15 the enhanced community quarantine imposed in select parts of the country to combat the spread of coronavirus disease.
Under the enhanced community quarantine, operations of all mass public transport facilities, including train lines (MRT, LRT-1, LRT-2, PNR), as well as public utility vehicles such as buses, jeepneys, ride-hailing services, FX, UV Express, Point-to-Point (P2P) buses, and motorcycle taxis, remain suspended.