“Students do not enter malls” – Palace

MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang yesterday appealed to the owners of malls and movie theaters in Metro Manila not to include students.

The Palace announced this after President Rodrigo Duterte suspended classes in Metro Manila until March 14 as a measure by the government to protect young people with Coronavirus Disease or COVID-19.

According to Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo, mall owners should also help the government and not involve the students.

He said this would be the contribution of the owners of the establishments to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Panelo said students should stay indoors and if village officials find them on the streets they will be evacuated.

Panelo admitted that students could not be dragged away to their homes without students.

So he said the class was suspended so that students could stay in their homes.

Panelo said police and the barangay also have a basis for interfering with the youths because the country is in a “state of national emergency”.

As a result, the DILG has directed the PNP, Metro Manila mayors and all barangay officials to ensure that no children are seen in public and public areas, such as malls, movie theaters, markets and more.

According to Año, the visually impaired children will be sent home immediately to do the assignments, given to them by their teachers, in accordance with the Department of Education (DepEd) order.

After all, the purpose of the class suspension is to ignore the kids’ safety and protection against COVID-19 if their parents allow them to leave the house as well.