Locsin wants review of ‘distorted statement’ on quarantine for Filipinos on cruise ships

By: - Reporter / @CMarquezINQ
/ 10:25 PM April 25, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. is calling for a review of a “distorted” statement in a resolution adopted by the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) concerning the 14-day quarantine for  Filipinos stranded on COVID-19 free cruise ships.

Locsin took to Twitter to explain his frustration over stranded Filipinos on eight cruise ships who could not return home due to the reduced statement which is causing confusion for the Bureau of Immigration (BI).


“There are 8 COVID-19 free cruise ships in Manila bay with Filipino crews. They were quarantined in the sea voyage. We at IATF unanimously adopted the 3-point resolution addressing this situation—although a halfwit reduced it to one paragraph which explains why the BI is confused,” Locsin said in a tweet on late Friday night.

Locsin said he would report the distorted statement so that it could be correct to allow the time for the sea voyage to be counted as part of the 14-day quarantine.

“I will bring up the distorted and truncated statement of the resolution adopted by the IATF unanimously regarding the Green Lane and the adoption of the sea voyage as compliance with the 14 day quarantine,” Locsin said in another tweet.

“We have vessels rotting in Manila Bay because of that distortion,” he added.


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