IPINAG-UTOS ni Pangulong Duterte ang mas pinaigting na kampanya laban sa mga lumalabag sa umiiral na health protocol matapos umabot sa isang milyon ang mga kaso ng Covid-19 sa bansa.
“We have breached the million mark and it has not really surprised me. From a distance, nakikita ko talaga. And everytime I see people violating the law, I would just say to whoever is seated next to me, sabihin ko, ‘Tingnan mo ito, tomorrow there will be a spike again.’ And true enough,” sabi ni Duterte sa kanyang Talk to the People address.
Ani Duterte, patuloy na tataas na bilang ng Covid-19 cases kung hindi maghihigpit ang Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Philippine National Police (PNP), mga lokal na pamahalaan, at opisyal ng mga barangay.
“It is now of national interest and maybe the survival of the Filipinos. I would like to be somebody governing but not really unnecessarily going to the extreme. But apparently not all, but there are a lot of you out there violating and violating and repeatedly violating the laws,” aniya.
Idinagdag ni Duterte na mananagot ang mga mayor at opisyal ng barangay sakaling may mga paglabag sa kani-kanilang lugar na nasasakupan.
“I will hold responsible, and I will direct the Secretary of the DILG to hold the mayors and barangay chairmen responsible for these kinds of events happening in their places. It is a violation of the law. And if you do not enforce the law, there is a dereliction of duty, which is punishable under the Revised Penal Code,” aniya.