Duterte's "Martial law" is not the answer, efficient delivery of cash assistance is - Kiko Pangilinan

Duterte's "Martial law" is not the answer, efficient delivery of cash assistance is - Kiko Pangilinan

Opposition senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan is not totally in synch with the idea of a “martial Law” type of lockdown in addressing the novel coronavirus 2019 disease or COVID-19.

He said the Duterte government should concentrate and prioritize the implementation of measures to faster distribution of the much needed aid of those who are severely affected by the Luzon lockdown instead of a possible “martial law-type” lockdown.

"I think more than a martial law-type crackdown, we have to fast-track the delivery of cash assistance and food packs for our citizens. I think that should be the priority," Senator Francis "Kiko" Pangilinan told CNN Philippines' The Source.

Opposition senator Francis "kiko" Pangilinan
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Pangilinan cites the report Malacanang submitted to Congress which states that only 25 percent of targeted beneficiaries have so far received the promised assistance under the government's COVID-19 subsidy program.
"You have 75 percent of people who lost their jobs, who are not earning anything today, who are going hungry... Hindi martial law ang sagot sa gutom ng taongbayan. Delivery of cash assistance ang solusyon," Pangilinan added.
The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) earlier confirmed the validity of an internal memo of the Philippine Air Force, which directed the military to "prepare for strict implementation" of the COVID-19 quarantine

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