By Antonio Contreras | The Manila Times
FORMER senator Ferdinand
FORMER senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. has asked his supporters to postpone their scheduled caravans in Metro Manila amid rising Covid-19 cases possibly due to the highly transmissible Omicron variant.
Marcos' running mate, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio on Sunday also echoed his appeal amid concerns over the potential resurgence of new Covid-19 cases.
Malacañang on Friday announced that the Inter Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) decided to place Metro Manila under Alert Level 3 from January 3 to 15 after a spike in new Covid-19 cases.
The Marcos and Duterte-Carpio UniTeam advised their supporters who were set to hold a unity caravan in Caloocan City on January 2 to postpone the event "so as not to compromise the safety of the participants."
"The safety of everyone is of paramount importance to us. That is why we are advising all our supporters to exercise self-restraint in their political mobilization plans in compliance with the IATF decision," the UniTeam said.
"We are also appealing to our supporters to suspend mass gatherings and obey the guidelines under the Alert Level 3," it added.
Under Alert Level 3, cinemas and other businesses will only operate at 30 percent indoor capacity for fully vaccinated persons and 50 percent outdoor capacity. Some activities considered to be "high-risk" will not be allowed like face-to-face classes in primary education, contact sports, amusement parks, casinos, horse-racing, cockfighting, and gathering of individuals not from the same household.closevolume_off
Marcos and Duterte-Carpio also appealed to the public to be vigilant as the threat of the Omicron variant looms.
"We are urging our fellowmen not to let their guard down and instead be vigilant. Now is not the time to be complacent. Let's follow the IATF's guidelines to ensure that we all remain safe," they said.
"We are also urging everyone to get vaccinated and for those eligible for booster shots to get it ASAP," the UniTeam said.
Vaccines are the only sure way to protect oneself against hospitalization or death, it added.
The World Health Organization said recently that the Delta and Omicron variants were responsible for the "tsunami" of new coronavirus cases.