President Rodrigo Duterte says the Philippines cannot afford a “total epidemic or pandemonium” as it reopens its economy. Photo: AP President Rodrigo Duterte says the Philippines cannot afford a “total epidemic or pandemonium” as it reopens its economy. Photo: AP
President Rodrigo Duterte says the Philippines cannot afford a “total epidemic or pandemonium” as it reopens its economy. Photo: AP

Duterte reopens Philippine economy but ‘can’t be like Trump, Bolsonaro’ as Covid-19 cases rise

  • The president says he cannot emulate the ‘devil-may-care attitude’ of his American and Brazilian counterparts towards the pandemic
  • His decision to relax some restrictions comes amid a rise in cases that has seen the Philippines record the second-most confirmed infections in Southeast Asia

Topic |   Coronavirus pandemic
President Rodrigo Duterte says the Philippines cannot afford a “total epidemic or pandemonium” as it reopens its economy. Photo: AP President Rodrigo Duterte says the Philippines cannot afford a “total epidemic or pandemonium” as it reopens its economy. Photo: AP
President Rodrigo Duterte says the Philippines cannot afford a “total epidemic or pandemonium” as it reopens its economy. Photo: AP
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