Duterte eyes 15-day lockdown extension, seeks more funds to combat COVID-19
"We are inclined to extend the lockdown up to April 30," the President said in his address to the nation late Monday evening. Duterte admitted that the P275 billion emergency funds authorized by Congress is only enough for two months. "They said I am losing weight. Sometimes I wake up at 3 a.m. and instead of going back to bed, I sit on my lounge chair and think and pray until daybreak. I have to think of everything," the President said. "This is why I am telling you -- do not try this government (by sowing chaos) because even this government is now desperate. Even I am desperate." "The prediction is really dire as long as there is no vaccine or medicine. I don't know until when will I tell you to stay at home. I don't know when will I be able to give all of you food. I don't know where to get the money. I don't know what I can sell, and who will buy if ever we can sell something. This should be the job of men of science. Me? I just happen to be here, to my chagrin, probably, why this happened on my watch. This is worse than war because we cannot see the enemy," Duterte added. He asked the Finance department to take a hard look at this year's national capital outlay to see which projects or programs can be shelved. "Magnakaw ka, manghiram ka -- wala akong pakialam, because if we run out of funds, I told you from the start this COVID will really hit us hard," he said.