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DJ Chacha, Enchong Dee, Zsa Zsa Padilla, Gary Valenciano on Pres. Rodrigo Duterte reverting back to MECQ

The MECQ will last until August 18.

As President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the areas of Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, Rizal, and Metro Manila to be under the stricter modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) as the COVID-19 cases continue to spike, public figures spoke up and tweeted about their worries.

DJ Chacha pointed out that MECQ limits the availability of public transportation again. And with that, she hopes that the LGUs can provide people a way to go to their jobs safely.

In a statement, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) said transport services will remain limited in MECQ areas, in line with the existing quarantine guidelines set by the country’s COVID-19 Inter-Agency Task Force.

The following public transport services will not be allowed under MECQ: bus, jeepney, taxi, trains (PNR, LRT-1, LRT-2, and MRT-3), and Transport Network Vehicle Service (TNVS).

Tricycles will also not be allowed, but with exceptions subject to guidelines of the Interior Department and respective local government units. The agency also assured the public that public shuttles will be provided to the frontliners and workers of permitted industries.

With that, singer Zsa Zsa Padilla hoped that the government would consider hiring jeepney drivers since they’re one of the most affected with the stricter lockdowns.

Gary Valenciano then supported the medical workers’ plea to implement stricter guidelines when it comes to the community quarantine. He stated that he knows that people are struggling to keep their businesses alive but frontliners also need to keep people alive in this situation.

Enchong Dee then described the current administration as “arrogant” and “stupid” as he fails to see any progress with the COVID-19 situation in the country.

Francine Prieto pointed out how other countries seem to be doing better when it comes to handling the pandemic, it’s simply not funny anymore to frame the pandemic as a “war” because it should not be militarized.

This is after President Duterte stated that he may deploy military medical revisits and will hold COVID-19 vaccinations in police stations.

Actress Agot Isidro also called out the president for his late state addresses and said that he “cannot handle a pandemic. She ended her tweet with #LetLeniLead which encourages Vice President Leni Robredo to lead the country instead.

The MECQ will last until August 18.

Written by J M

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