President Duterte Says Face Masks Required Until End Of His Term

President Duterte: “Yung mask will stay. There is no way that it will go away. Hanggang katapusan.”

PRESIDENT DUTERTE — The Philippine President said on Monday that the mandatory wearing of face masks will not be lifted in the country until the end of his term.

President Duterte
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In his “Talk to the People” public address aired on Monday night, the President urged the public to maintain the strict observance of minimum public health standards and to continue wearing facemasks even if he’s no longer the president.

Ang sinabi ko ‘yung mask will stay. There is no way that it will go away hanggang katapusan ng pagka last day ng ano ko,” the President said. “I would want you, maski wala na ako, to continue with the protocols kasi nakakatulong talaga sa ating lahat ‘yan.”

According to the President, the “complacency” of other countries in implementing the said policies might have contributed to the sudden spike in coronavirus cases.

The President also said that it’s a reckless move to stop urging people to wear masks.

President Duterte reiterated his call for the public to get vaccinated against COVID-19 and to continue following health protocols as the country can’t afford another surge of coronavirus cases.

The President made the statement following reports of the resurgence of COVID-19 in different countries and the threat of the new “Omicron XE” variant that was first reported in Thailand.

Japanese Prime Minister Kishida Fumio reported last week that there were signs of a resurgence of COVID-19 cases in Japan, particularly among young people.

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GMA News Online reported that the Philippines reported 273 fresh COVID-19 cases on April 11, bringing the nationwide tally to 3,681,646. Of the numbers, 27,353 are active COVID-19 cases.

Based on a report, South Korea, Hong Kong, and Thailand have started experiencing a sudden spike in coronavirus infections.

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