Navotas not keen on shortening curfew amid IATF appeal

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Navotas Mayor Toby Tiangco said he is not willing to shorten curfew hours in the city given the possible health risks, despite the plea of the national government. (FILE PHOTO)

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 17) — Navotas Mayor Toby Tiangco said he is not willing to shorten curfew hours in the city given the possible health risks, despite the plea of the national government.

"Hindi ako pabor diyan," he told CNN Philippines' Newsroom Weekend on Saturday. "We are not willing to take that risk"

Tiangco said the city's residents can still go out during their 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew if they are "authorized persons out of residence."

"'Pag iniksian ang curfew ang mangyayari diyan 'yung mga hindi authorized persons ang lalabas," he added.

[Translation: If we shorten curfew, what will happen is the unauthorized persons will go out.]

Earlier, the Inter-agency Task Force on COVID-19 appealed to local government units to trim curfew hours to allow businesses to thrive. San Juan City later announced that it will move its curfew to 12 a.m. until 5 a.m.

Tiangco said although Navotas has a lower attack rate - or daily number of cases relative to population - compared to other cities based on the OCTA Research report, he is still against easing into modified general community quarantine until it is safe for residents to leave their homes.