Duterte to announce fresh quarantine directives on June 15

Arianne Merez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 11 2020 12:49 PM

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President Rodrigo Roa Duterte holds a meeting with members of the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) at the Malago Clubhouse in Malacañang on May 11, 2020. Ace Morandante, Presidential Photo

MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte will face the nation on Monday, June 15 to announce fresh community quarantine measures, Malacañang said Thursday as prevailing policies are set to expire then.

The government's inter-agency task force on pandemic response (IATF) already has recommendations to the President, his spokesman Harry Roque said.

"Mismong si Presidente Duterte po ang haharap at kakausap sa taumbayan sa Lunes, June 15," Roque said in a Palace press briefing.

(President Duterte himself will face and address the nation on Monday, June 15.)

Roque reminded the public that the recommendations of the IATF is not yet final since local government units can still appeal.

"Mayroon pa pong mga apila na mangyayari... Ko-confirm ko po na mayroon na tayong mga rekomendasyon, pero ang mga rekomendasyon po ay hindi pa po pinal," he said.

(There will still be appeals. I confirm that there are already recommendations but these are not yet final.)

Duterte was supposed to meet Thursday with the IATF in Davao City, but this was moved to Monday in Manila, Roque earlier said.

It was only this month when the government started to largely ease lockdowns across the country to restart the economy bruised by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Except for Metro Manila, Pangasinan province, Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon, Central Visayas, Davao City, and Zamboanga City, which are under general community quarantine, all areas in the country are under the more relaxed modified GCQ until June 15.

As of June 10, the Philippines has confirmed 23,732 COVID-19 cases. This includes 1,027 deaths and 4,895 recoveries.