Duterte donates a month of his salary for PH COVID-19 response

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 5)— President Rodrigo Duterte will be donating one month of his salary to help the government address the COVID-19 crisis, Malacañang said on Sunday.

This comes after most of Duterte's Cabinet members volunteered to take 75 percent monthly pay cuts to help boost the country's response against the infectious disease.

"Others have volunteered a salary deduction for the whole duration of the state of public health emergency in solidarity with our countrymen and to help in the government efforts to halt the spread of the coronavirus," Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said in a statement. "The President is likewise donating his one month salary for the cause."

Panelo added that the assistant secretaries of the Office of the Chief Presidential Legal Counsel and the Office of the Presidential Spokesperson have also volunteered to donate at least 10 percent of their April income. They also pledged parts of their salaries in the succeeding months to support groups at the front line of the crisis.

Earlier, some 200 lawmakers from the House of Representatives agreed to donate their full salaries for the month of May, in an effort to raise an initial ₱50 million for the government's disease response.

The Philippines has so far reported 3,246 cases of the infectious disease, with 152 deaths and 64 recoveries.