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Palace: Children’s safety Duterte’s primary concern

CHILDREN’S safety amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic is President Rodrigo Duterte’s top priority, Malacañang said on Tuesday after the Chief Executive rejected the move to allow minors as young as 10 years old to go out of their homes.

Duterte was forced to reject the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases’ (IATF-EID) earlier decision to allow children aged 10 to 14 to leave their residences due to the new COVID-19 variant, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said in a virtual presser.

Ang kaniyang pangunahing concern eh pangalagaan ang kalusugan ng ating mga kabataan. So ‘yun lang po yun. Habang hindi pa tayo masyadong maraming alam sa bagong variant, stay home muna po ang mga bata,” Roque said.

The IATF-EID, in its Resolution 95 approved on Jan. 21, has allowed people aged 10 to 65 to go out starting Feb. 1, so long as they are living in areas under modified general community quarantine.

The task force decided to allow children as young as 10 years old to leave their homes amid the COVID-19 pandemic following the Trade department’s recommendation to balance health and economy.

However, Duterte on Monday said children should stay indoors as the new COVID-19 variant could easily infect children.

Roque said the President’s decision “prevails,” making the IATF-EID’s order ineffective.

The President ultimately decides on matters under the jurisdiction of IATF dahil extension lang po ng Presidente ang IATF. So, wala pong issue doon (because IATF is just an extension of the President. So there is no issue there). Whatever the President has decided prevails,” he said. Philippine News Agency