In a nutshell, the report of the Office of the President to Congress means an inclination to extend the lockdown to April 30.
Possible realignment of the 2020 budget is also being sought that there may be food for the rainy days, and resources under the Bayanihan Act have been mobilized that our most vulnerable citizens may receive help from the government immediately.
“Di ako makatulog. Nag iisip ako buong gabi. Abutan na ako daybreak. [I can’t sleep. I was up all night thinking about it, (COVID19 pandemic in the country)].
“The 100 Billion for one month or the 270 Billion for two months is not enough. I am calling the Secretary of Finance to already generate funds.
“Hindi ko alam kung hanggang kelan kayo sa bahay. Hindi ko alam saan ako kukuha ng pera kasi hindi ko alam kung may bibili pa sa ibebenta natin.” (I don’t know up to when you will stay at home. I don’t know where to source out funds because I don’t know if they will buy what we sell them.)
These were some of the highlights of President Duterte’s press conference which caught the eye of local celebrities and netizens.
Singer-songwriter, dancer, musician, actor, music producer, and television host Gary Valenciano, chose to pray for the President despite the chaos.
Indian actor Addy Raj must have felt a sudden feeling of sadness and tears.
Jaya approved of Gary V’s tweet and typed “Amen”.
MOR Radio Host, DJ Chacha was worried about PRRD’s loss of sudden weight and wished the president well.
Namayat si President Duterte. I wish him well. Sana okay ang health niya. He needs to be in good shape para matugunan ng maayos ang krisis na ito.
— DJ Chacha (@mor1019chacha) April 6, 2020
Some others took the light of the situation and tweeted humorously.
Actor Sef Cadayona talked about people who promised themselves to get fitter but ended up getting fatter over the course of the quarantine.
Sa ating mga nangako sa sarili magpapayat pero mas tumaba pa, wag mangamba.. hanggang APRIL 30 pa.
— sef cadayona (@sefcadayona) April 6, 2020
Kerwin King, a well-renowned Filipino blogger, joked about PRRD reacting to mean tweets.
Vlog title: Duterte reacts to mean tweets.
— Kerwin King (@imkerwinking) April 6, 2020
On the other hand, Lea Navarro stated that the President clearly had no plans or solutions.
What’s the joke? Duterte left the group.
— Leah Navarro (@leahnavarro) April 7, 2020
Actor Jason Abalos noted that after PRRD announced the quarantine extension, there are still no clear plans for the country.
So extended ang quarantine, tapos nagkwento. Ano plano? Kagulo nanaman ang trolls. Hindi ko kayo rereplyan hindi kayo kikita sa akin.
— jason abalos (@thejasonabalos) April 6, 2020
For more info on the Government’s fight against COVID-19, log on to www.covid19.gov.ph.