Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 25) - Presidential aspirant Bongbong Marcos on Tuesday said he doesn't want any more lockdowns imposed due to COVID-19.
The former senator said Filipinos can no longer afford strict movement restrictions, as he noted the massive job losses since the country was put under varying levels of lockdowns beginning March 2020.
"No more lockdowns. Hindi na kaya ng Pilipino ang mag-lockdown [The Filipinos cannot go through another lockdown]... They're going through too much hardship already," he told talk show host Boy Abunda on Tuesday.
If he wins the elections in May, Marcos said he intends to focus on vaccination rollout and on reaching herd immunity to help the economy survive the pandemic.
Another priority move, he added, would be to address unemployment.
A way to do this, according to Marcos, is by helping micro, small and medium enterprises, which he said account for the majority of the country's businesses. He explained the government can help them "with lower taxes, tax holidays, [and] amnesties," among other interventions.