Palace: No military control of Luzon

first_img“Huwagpo tayong maniwala, mga kababayan,”Nograles said. “The government is doing its best to address the COVID-19outbreak.” MANILA – There is no truth to reportsspreading online that there will be military control and an extension of theenhanced community quarantine in Luzon, Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said. The PNP Anti-Cybercrime Group onFriday charged four persons with spreading false reports and information amidthe coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic. Policemen are seen at a checkpoint on the border between Quezon city and Manila on 18 March, 2020, as the Philippines imposed measures to curb the spread of COVID-19. AFP The Philippine National Police’sCriminal Investigation and Detection Group and Anti-Cybercrime Group, alongwith the National Bureau of Investigation, are now intensifying operationsagainst purveyors of fake news, added Nograles. “Anggusto nga natin, madaliin na ito. Gusto natin mapabilis na ito pero kailanganang cooperation,” he added. He branded the reports as “fake news.” President Duterte on March signedRepublic Act (RA) 11469 or the Bayanihan to Heal As One Act, which grants himspecial powers to solve the outbreak. Nograles also said all officialannouncements would only come from President Rodrigo Duterte, the Department ofHealth, and the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of EmergingInfectious Diseases (IATF-EID). The quarantine ends on April 12. One of the provisions included in RA11469 imposes a two-month jail sentence or a fine of up to P1 million against personswho spread false information related to COVID-19./PNlast_img

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