Sen. Risa Hontiveros said the President“should act with a sense of urgency” following the stimulus law that gave himspecial powers to address the contagion. Gabriela Women’s Partylist echoedHontiveros’ concerns, saying it was better if Duterte mentioned the names offallen health workers instead of “oligarchs and corporation who are justsharing crumbs from their profit.” In his televised public address late Monday night, more than seven hours past the 4 p.m. tentative schedule, President Rodrigo Duterte says the government has set aside P200 billion for those affected by the enhanced community quarantine. ABS-CBN NEWS “After almost eight hours of delay, thepublic was presented with neither a sound assessment nor a concrete plan toaddress the novel coronavirus disease or COVID-19 crisis,” Hontiveros said in astatement. The country’s hospitals continue tosuffer from a lack of PPEs as the supply of medical equipment plungedworldwide, while at least 12 doctors have died fighting in the frontlinesagainst the respiratory illness. (ABS-CBNNews) MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte’s televisedreport released late Monday was “lacking” in details on mass testing andfinancial aid for Filipinos reeling from the effect of the coronavirus pandemic,a senator said Tuesday. “What are the steps being taken by thegovernment to enhance our capacity for mass testing? How do we ensure thatthere are enough personal protective equipment [PPE] in every hospital? How dowe get the cash assistance to the most vulnerable as soon as possible? So far,the President provided no clear answers to these questions. It is alarming.” “How could the President miss this verycritical lens at this crucial time? Bakitsasabihing swerte sila sa kanilang pagkamatay gayong dapat na manatili silangbuhay nang makapagpatuloy sa paglilingkod sa bayan?” it added. “It is very inappropriate for Duterte toromanticize the death of our health workers under current circumstances as somestroke of luck. In fact he should be alarmed: We are losing those who aresupposed to save lives,” it said.