Like a father imploring obedience from his children, President Duterte asked Filipinos to follow the government’s advice to stay at home, as this will make or break the efforts to stop the spread of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
“I repeat: Stay at home. Huwag matigas ang ulo. The outcome of this war depends largely on you as well,” Duterte said in his latest televised message to the nation.
He stressed that the government will extend financial assistance to almost all Filipino families, “especially to those in the margins and the vulnerable groups.” “Huwag kayong matakot. Nandito ‘yong gobyerno ninyo para kayo pagsilbihan at totoong pagsilbihan,”
Duterte added: ”I now call on every Filipino to participate in this war by following the guidelines set by the national government and your local officials. Nothing is more important [now] than your cooperation…Gagawin namin ang lahat. Hindi namin kayo pababayaan.”
He also assured that government agencies will ensure the speedy delivery of essential medical supplies and equipment to health facilities, “from the approval, importation and to the delivery.” “Everything must go smoothly to make sure that we do not waste time…I do not want red tapes. I do not want so many questions. Pagka sinertify ng isang government employee ‘yan. I said, do not commit a mistake and we will all be happy and comfortable…Kung gusto ninyong magluko, huwag ngayon itong panahon na ito.”
“Yes, things will not be easy. [But] we Filipinos are tough. Mas malakas ang Pilipino sa anumang hamon. Now, we all must do what we can and must, para sa ating bayan. I look forward to the day that we Filipinos can finally claim victory in this war and emerge as a stronger and more united Filipinos and Philippines,” Duterte declared.
The President also thanked the different sectors that are giving their all in the fight against COVID-19, especially the health workers. ”First, let me reiterate my sincerest gratitude to all our courageous frontliners in this war, especially our healthcare workers—our doctors, nurses, medical technologists, and other allied health professionals. Maraming-maraming salamat. Asahan niyo ang suporta ng inyong gobyerno.”
“I am saddened by the news that the virus has claimed the lives of our doctors along the way. Lahat po sila ay bayani and not only that, talagang bumilib ako. Bihira akong sumasaludo ng tao pero ‘pag mga doktor natin, mga health workers na nadisgrasya, talagang saludo ako sa inyo. Wala na kayo dito sa mundong ito pero ganun na lang ang pagtingin ko sa inyo.”
“To the able officials and staff of the Inter-agency Task Force on Emerging and Infectious Diseases, thank you for staying on top of this situation,” he added. ”To the brave men and women of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police, thank you as well for ensuring peace and order in these trying times.”
“I also thank the rest of the frontliners who ensure that basic services are provided to our people, from those manning various government agencies, groceries, banks, food establishments, and delivery services, among others. Maraming, maraming salamat po.”
“To the gracious members of the private sector who are foregoing profit to alleviate the suffering of our people; to the valiant volunteers who are bravely supplementing our frontliners; to the noble civil society organizations who are working tirelessly in calling for donations and performing charity work— Thank you very much for your kindness, compassion and generosity.”