Nationwide MGCQ bid back on Duterte’s desk for signature

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LONGTIME presidential aide and now Senator Bong Go hinted at the possibility of President Rodrigo Duterte reconsidering the idea of placing the entire country under the least stringent community quarantine classification as the government starts its vaccine rollout on Monday, March 1.

In a radio interview on Sunday, Go defended the previous decision of the President deferring the proposal of various government agencies and regional councils to put the entire country under the modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) level, the lowest among the government’s four lockdown classifications.

According to Go, the President just wanted to give premium on health and safety over the economy, even as he claimed that the Malacañang chief executive would only think about easing restrictions when the vaccine rollout shall have been in place.

Interestingly, the President on Saturday declared Metro Manila and nine other areas under a 30-day general community quarantine starting March 1 in view of new spikes in COVID-19 infections.

“Sundin muna natin yung classification na binigay ng IATF, maaaring pag-usapan muli ‘yan at pwede naman, gaya ng sinabi ng Pangulo pag-aaralan ‘yan ng mabuti, na pwede n’ya luwagan kaunti dahil ang inaantay naman natin ay itong bakuna. Kapag may makita ng rollout ng mga bakuna sa frontliners natin ay pinag-aaralan naman lahat ng IATF ‘yan, one day at a time yung pag-aaral natin dyan,” Go added.

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