‘Ano’ng plano?’ Netizens baffled after Duterte public briefing

Kaye Cabal
‘Ano’ng plano?’ Netizens baffled after Duterte public briefing
After listening to President Duterte's 50-minute taped public address aired early Tuesday morning, May 12, netizens still don't know whether the ECQ in their areas will be lifted or extended after May 15

MANILA, Philippines – The waiting game continues, as President Rodrigo Duterte did not give any announcement on the fate of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) in Metro Manila and other parts of the country in his taped public address aired early Tuesday, May 12.

Netizens were confused and left guessing on what would happen to them after May 15, the supposed end of the ECQ in selected areas. (RELATED STORY: ECQ alone won’t curb coronavirus, PH needs mass testing – UP expert)

#ECQSeason4 and Duterte quickly became among the top Twitter trending topics in the Philippines shortly after the briefing.

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The taped public briefing started with Financial Secretary Carlos Dominguez III reading the proposed plans for the economy, including a proposal for government to hire contact-tracers to boost efforts to stop the transmission of the coronavirus disease while providing jobs. (RELATED STORY: CSC sets 5 alternative work arrangements for gov’t workers during quarantine)

Duterte, for his part, reiterated existing health rules like mandatory wearing of masks. He also ordered Social Welfare Secretary Rolando Bautista to tap soldiers to help in the distribution of government emergency subsidy. 

Instead of focusing on his much-awaited decision on the post-May 15 quarantine scenario, Duterte rambled about the New People’s Army (NPA), telling soldiers to kill NPA rebels who attack government troops distributing coronavirus aid. (READ: 56,000 words on the virus: Duterte’s crisis messaging all bluster, little science)

Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque is expected to give a press briefing at 12 noon where, Duterte said, the new quarantine measures would be announced.

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Kaye Cabal

Kaye Cabal leads Rappler’s Digital Communications team and has been with Rappler since 2014. Her interest in and dedication to social media grew deeper with her love and passion for Philippine sports. She is a BS Development Communication graduate of UP Los Baños.