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Duterte to extend state of calamity in PH as COVID-19 crisis persists

/ 03:33 PM September 17, 2020
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Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque. FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte will “definitely” extend the declaration of a state of calamity in the Philippines amid the ongoing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, his spokesperson said Thursday.

Duterte declared a state of calamity in the entire country on March 17. The declaration is set to expire this month.

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“It’s in the desk of the President, probably signed by now, on its way down to the Office of the Executive Secretary,” presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said in a televised Palace press briefing.

The declaration allowed local government units (LGUs) to access quick response funds during emergency situations.

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The Philippines so far has a total of 272,934 confirmed COVID-19 cases, the highest in the entire Southeast Asian region. Of the total cases, 207,858 have recovered while 4,732 have died.

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