Bayan Muna party-list Rep. Carlos Isagani Zarate on Sunday urged the Duterte administration to implement free COVID-19 testing to contain the new surge in the transmission of the virus.
“Malacañang should implement the much inadequate, even delayed but still crucial free COVID mass testing, together with pro-active contact tracing as well as faster and more efficient vaccine roll out,” he said.
“We strongly call on President Rodrigo Duterte to finally listen to the oft repeated but unheeded call for free mass testing because the COVID surges are becoming a vicious cycle. As the new year starts with the reimposition of Alert Level 3 in the National Capital Region, we also call on our people to be vigilant as the government may make this as a prelude to another militaristic new lockdown,” he added.
Zarate said the government should listen to the medical experts and not to the military generals in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic.