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Hindi nakakatulong! Total lockdown rumors ‘false, baseless’: Palace

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By Prince Golez

Malacañang again belied claims that the government would impose martial law due to the country’s Covid-19 situation.

In a statement, acting presidential spokesperson Karlo Nograles dismissed as “false and baseless” an audio clip that has been circulating on various social media platforms, warning the public to stock up on food and supplies because of an impending total lockdown.

“We reiterate our appeal to the public to dismiss these unfounded and malicious rumors and to refrain from sharing these with our family and friends,” Nograles said Saturday.

“Our country is dealing with a real threat that understandably concerns our people, and spreading these unverified rumors contributes to unnecessary anxiety and needless panic. Hindi po ito nakakatulong,” according to him.

He also urged everyone to get information about the Covid-19 pandemic from credible or reliable sources.

“While we encourage the public to keep informed about the latest developments in our battle against COVID, we urge everyone to obtain their news and information from credible sources, dismiss disinformation, and contribute positively in our efforts to stop the spread of COVID by observing minimum public health standards and by getting vaccinated in order to protect ourselves, our families and our communities,” said Nograles.

Meanwhile, the Palace executive assured the public that there are enough supplies of basic food commodities for the next three months.

“The same also holds true for lowland and highland vegetables, which is at 85 percent and 107 percent sufficiency level, respectively,” he said, citing the Department of Agriculture.