Six days ago, the president was officially granted special powers to combat the spread of COVID-19. Now, he's held the first of many required Monday press conferences where he thanked numerous people, sent his condolences, promised a lot of good things, and warned corrupt officials.
President Rodrigo Duterte thanked health workers and frontliners, assuring them that their "heroism will not be forgotten." While he drew flak for saying that those who died after contracting COVID-19 are 'fortunate' for dying for their country, he also recognized LGUs by saying that the government is fully behind them as they safeguard the welfare of their communities.
1. He will use his emergency powers only when absolutely needed.
The president promised that he will only use power to direct operations of private entities only when absolutely necessary.
2. The government has allotted P200 billion for those affected under the no work, no pay scheme.
3. No one will starve and medical supplies are being procured.
"Gagawin ko lahat para walang magutom. We are now procuring medical supplies. About one million medical protective items are being acquired right now with the government and private sectors helping together," he said.
4. He issued a stern warning to corrupt officials.
"I will see to it even tomorrow. If I discover some embezzlements. I am not a cruel man pero if may report ang police, I will order your detention hanggang matapos itong COVID-19. Sabi ko huwag ngayon. Huwag na huwag kayong mandaya, mangurakot at taguin mga pagkain at yung iba di bigyan."
*This story originally appeared on Esquiremag.ph. Minor edits have been made by the Preview.ph editors.