MALACANANG has shot down rumors that President Rodrigo Duterte has been confined at a San Juan hospital amid the Luzon-wide quarantine aimed at curbing the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
“We have been informed that a false news starting to spread in the social media that President Duterte is already confined at Cardinal Santos hospital,” presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo said.
“We wish to inform the public that such information is absolutely false.”
Panelo said the President is “fit and healthy” and is “currently doing his presidential duties” at the Bahay Pagbabago inside the Malacañang Complex.
The 75-year-old Duterte, who delivered a televised address on Wednesday, placed himself under quarantine until April 7.
The Palace official also warned the people against “purveyors of false news and information” and urged them to watch and read official advisories relative to the President and the implementation of the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act, which gave Duterte additional powers to effectively respond to the threat of COVID-19.
The law also spelled out penalties for various offenses including hoarding, local government officials disobeying national government policies or directives in imposing quarantines and spreading false information about the COVID-19 crisis.