In a press statement, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said the rumor was “absolutely false.”
Panelo also advised the public to ignore false information that merely intends to sow fear amid the enhanced community quarantine on the island of Luzon.
“We appeal to our countrymen not to believe - or to ignore - anything that comes to your knowledge that is contrary to the official announcements of the Office of the President relative to the fight against Covid-19,” he said.
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Luzon Island was placed under community quarantine until April 12 to contain Covid-19.
People living in Luzon are required to observe strict home quarantine and limit movements to accessing basic necessities.
Panelo dismissed the alleged total lockdown as “another idle and wild talk” by the usual “rumor mongers” who are propagating fake news on social media.
“That loose talk created widespread fear and triggered panic buying, but it never happened,” Panelo said.
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“This time they are creating panic and apprehension by making the populace believe that there will be a total lockdown in the entire country in the next two weeks with all the aforementioned establishments closed and deliveries of food items and agricultural products totally not allowed,” he added.
Panelo said those who continue to propagate fake news would be punished.
“We warn those creating or propagating false news or untrue information designed to create panic, confusion, and fear among the population that they will be forthwith arrested and prosecuted to the full extent of the law,” he said.