Kiko to Duterte: COVID-19 is the threat not Insurgency

Kiko to Duterte: COVID-19 is the threat not Insurgency

Opposition senator and Liberal Party President Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan has publicly denounced the threat of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte to declare martial law should lawlessness involving New People’s Army (NPA) continue amid the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

“The enemy at the gates today is COVID-19… ang pinakamatinding problem ng bansa ngayon, hindi ang insurgency,” Pangilinan said in a message to media.

(COVID-19 is the biggest problem our country is facing right now, not insurgency).

Liberal Party President Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan
(photo credit to owner)

“Hindi martial law ang solusyon sa krisis ng (COVID-19). Tigilan na nila ang pagtulak ng kamay na bakal dahil hindi kayang gipitin o sugpuin ng kamay na bakal ang mikrobyo o nakakamatay na virus,” he added.

(Martial will not solve the COVID-19 crisis. Let’s stop pushing for the use of iron fist because it would not eradicate the deadly virus).

Pangilinan stressed that the Duterte government should prioritize is ensuring that relief assistance are given to every Filipino affected by the Luzon-wide lockdown.

“Sa panahon ng (COVID-19) unahin nilang hanapan ng solusyon yung milyon milyon na ginugutom na kababayan natin sa mga komunidad at lansangan sa Maynila at iba pang lockdown areas at hindi mga rebeldeng nasa tuktok ng malalayong bundok,” he said.

(In this time of COVID-19, let’s prioritize finding solutions to feed the millions of Filipinos in the streets and communities in Metro Manila and other locked down areas who are going hungry and not the rebels in high mountain peaks in far-flung places).

“Isang malawakang public health strategy tulad ng ginawa ng Taiwan, South Korea at Vietnam ang solusyon sa krisis hindi martial law,” he added.

(An expansive public health strategy like what Taiwan, South Korea and Vietnam have done will solve the crisis, not martial law).

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