Duterte mulls deploying military reservists to help in COVID-19 response

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MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte is considering tapping military reservists to beef up the government workforce battling the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.

“We might call for mobilization [of the reservists]. All of them,” Duterte said, speaking partly in Filipino, in a speech aired late Sunday night.

The President said that his daughter, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, a colonel in the Armed Forces of the Philippines Reserve Force, might be among the first to heed the government’s call if he should order the mobilization.

“You know my daughter, Inday Sara, if I start the mobilization, she would be the first. I will specifically point out to…

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