#MMLockdown trends in PH as netizens air confusion with implementing measures

#MMLockdown trends in PH as netizens air confusion with implementing measures
From expressing support for the government's efforts to criticism of implementing agencies, here are some reactions to the metro-wide lockdown

MANILA, Philippines – At midnight on Sunday, March 15 came the first day of implementation of a state-ordered lockdown of Metro Manila.

The “community quarantine” was ordered by President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday, March 12, in an attempt to arrest the spread of the novel coronavirus in the Philippines. (READ: PH coronavirus cases climb to 111)

However, implementing measures were not properly cascaded to stakeholders, causing more confusion among citizens. (READ: Day 1 of Metro Manila lockdown: Different checkpoints, different rules)

Amid the confusion and questions, there were some social media users who lauded the decision of the government and called for fellow Filipinos to just follow its orders.

Some netizens were quick to counter this argument, saying that it is not hard to follow directives if there were clear and concrete plans in place. Others were also pointing out that the lockdown policies were “anti-poor.”


The lockdown is intended for a month, until April 14, but with only a few hours past its implementation, citizens already turned to online platforms to air out their sentiment on this government initiative. #MMLockdown also took a spot in the Philippine Twitter trending topics with over 31,000 tweets as of posting.

Screenshot from Twitter

From expressing support for the government’s efforts to criticism of implementing agencies, here are some reactions to the metro-wide lockdown:

What are your thoughts on the metro-wide lockdown? Tweet using #MMLockdown and let us know! – Rappler.com