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    LIVESTREAM: Duterte addresses the nation April 13 on COVID-19 crisis

    MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte will address the nation anew Monday, April 13, a month into the Luzon-wide lockdown due to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

    Duterte addresses the nation April 13 on COVID-19 crisis
    President Rodrigo Duterte to address the public anew | Photo via Presidential Communications

    This was announced by Senator Bong Go but did not give the exact time of the public address.

    Previous speeches of the president were aired near midnight as Duterte usually has prior meeting with the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases.

    Under the "Bayanihan to Heal As One Law", submission of report to Congress every Monday of the week is mandated. This contains the amount and corresponding utilization of the funds used, augmented, reprogrammed, reallocated and realigned for the purposes of the measure. House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano said part of the report is the televised public address of the president.

    WATCH: President Rodrigo Duterte's address (April 13, 2020)


    Among the provisions of the new Law, which gives special powers to the President to combat the crisis, is the provision of Php 5,000 to Php 8,000 monthly allowance for two months to poor families.

    On March 16, the government imposed "enhanced community quarantine" (ECQ) in Luzon. This is originally set to last until April 12. Duterte on April 6 said that he is inclined to extend the quarantine up to the end of April 2020. On the following day, Cabinet Secretary, Karlo Nograles, said that the President accepted the recommendation of the Task Force to extend the Luzon ECQ up until April 30, 2020.

    On April 9, Duterte projected that pandemic could linger and severely affect the nation for up to two years. "Kapag hindi naayos itong COVID-19, mapurnada talaga tayong lahat. Huwag ninyong madaliin," he said in a meeting with Cabinet officials.

    As of April 13, the total COVID-19 cases in the Philippines surged to 4,932 with 284 new cases. Meanwhile, death toll stands at 315 and total recoveries rose to 242.

    The World Health Organization (WHO) reported that nearly 1.7 million were infected globally, with death toll of more than 100,000.

    — The Summit Express

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