Duterte amid 2019-nCoV threat: This government will never hide anything

Aileen Cerrudo
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte answers queries from members of the media during a briefing on the 2019 novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) at the Malacañan Palace on February 3, 2020. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

President Rodrigo Duterte assured government transparency amid the threat of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in the country.

The chief executive said the government is not hiding any data regarding the medical situation of the virus in the country.

“This I can assure you, this government will never hide anything. If you’re going to die tomorrow because it is a contagion, we will tell you that. If it will cause you lives, we will not hide that, why should we?” he said.

“It does not contribute to national wealth, why should we hide?” he added.

Duterte made the statement during the emergency meeting with other government officials.

The President also announced that the government is already buying additional supplies including surgical masks and other protective gear.

This is amid the shortage of masks after the Department of Health has confirmed the first case of 2019-nCoV in the country.

“If you’re asking, is government doing something to buy more, to protect more, yes, we are doing it, we are not just sitting down here,” he said.—AAC (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

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