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    LIVESTREAM: Duterte's address to the nation in fight against COVID-19

    MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte addressed the nation Tuesday night, March 24 for new measures and updates for the country's fight against coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
    LIVESTREAM: Duterte to address the nation tonight

    Duterte delivered his message at 10:00 p.m.

    WATCH: President Rodrigo Duterte's announcement (March 24, 2020)


    "Stay home. Huwag matigas ang ulo. The outcome of this war depends largely on you as well.

    Let us set aside our differences and work in solidarity to overcome this pandemic. We have only one common enemy and that is COVID-19.

    Mas malakas ang Pilipino sa anumang hamon.

    Wag kayong matakot. Nandito ang gobyerno para kayo'y pagsilbihan, at totoong pagsilbihan."

    The House of Representatives late Monday night empowered Duterte to address COVID-19 situation in the country.

    The Chamber approved House Bill 6616, or the proposed "Bayanihan to Heal As One" Act, which seeks to declare a national emergency amid the threat of coronavirus. Congressmen later adopted the Senate version, which allows Duterte to realign savings from the 2020 budgets of agencies under the Executive branch.

    The President’s special powers will be in effect for three months unless Congress withdraws them sooner.

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    As of Tuesday afternoon, the Philippines recorded 552 COVID-19 cases, with number of fatalities rose to 35 while the total number of recoveries climbed to 20.

    — The Summit Express

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