By Tracy Cabrera
In this file photo, National Task Force against Covid-19 health personnel conducts three-day aggressive testing in Baguio City. (Photo: Philippine News Agency)
MANILA — Amidst rumors that following the alarming increase in new and active cases of coronavirus infections which health experts have projected will breach the 20 thousand mark in the coming days, Partido Reporma senatorial aspirant Guillermo Eleazar has called on the citizenry to exercise sobriety as he pointed out that government is doing everything it can to respond to the threat of the new Covid-19 Omicron variant.
Prior to the former Philippine National Police (PNP) chief’s call, Palace officials issued a statement dismissing as “fake news” a post circulating on social media that the government will impose a total lockdown and martial law amid the sharp rise in Covid-19 cases in the country and this has triggered intense apprehension among the populace in fear of being curtailed in their mobility and threat of another recessive impact on the local economy.
“While the Cabinet was in a meeting, a video clip of a woman claiming that there will be a total lockdown and martial law circulated. This is fake news. Don’t believe this type of information,” acting presidential spokesperson and Cabinet secretary Karlo Alexei Nograles stressed in a media briefing in Malacañang.
He then warned those who spread false information online, saying such rumors cause the public “unnecessary anxiety and needless panic.”
“To those who have nothing else to do, stop this, please. This is not a joke. You’re dealing with a real threat that understandably concerns our people and spreading baseless and malicious rumors contributed to unnecessary anxiety and to needless panic, this is not helping,” Nograles added.
Eleazar expressed support to Malacañang’s move to clarify matters regarding quarantine restrictions and protocols even as he reminded the public to only get news and information from credible sources.
“Huwag tayong makinig sa mga tsismis dahil lalo lang tayong malilito at maaaring maging masama ang epekto nito sa ating pamumuhay sa pang-araw-araw. Ang kailangan nating gawin ay sa halip na ligaligin natin ang ating kapwa ay paghandaan natin ang anumang kaganapan para maging ligtas tayo laban sa Covid-19,” the retired general enthused.
Earlier, defense secretary Delfin Lorenzana also denied that the government will be declaring martial law. As chair of the national Covid-19 task force, Lorenzana said a declaration of martial law is “definitely out of the picture.” (ai/mtvn)