Toby Tiangco on lockdown woes: Why listen to economist more than the doctor?


Toby Tiangco got frustrated when members of the economic team said the country cannot afford shutting down businesses once more.

The Navotas mayor grew frustrated after some Cabinet members outrightly rejected the call of medical frontliners for a timeout and to recalibrate better plans to prevent COVID-19 infections. One of them said the economy can no longer afford to be paralyzed.

“This is a health crisis, why do we listen to the economist more than the doctor?,” the politiko said. “The reason for the economic problem is Covid19. diba pag na solve ang covid-19, ma-solve din ang economic problem?”

Duterte eventually listened to medical experts and announced a modified ECQ in Metro Manila, Bulacan, Laguna, and Cavite.