The presidential election in the Philippines set to take place in May 2022 has been delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“Three top candidates for the Philippines’ May 2022 presidential election, including boxer-turned-senator Manny Pacquiao and Ferdinand Marcos Jr., announced the temporary suspension of major campaign activities on Monday due to a recent surge in Chinese coronavirus cases nationwide,” reports Breitbart News.
“We need to allow the government to take all the appropriate steps to address the rising number of COVID cases,” Sen. Pacquiao said.
“I have advised my team to temporarily suspend all political gatherings and focus more on organizing zoom meetings until this surge is managed by our health authorities,” said Pacquiao.
In addition to delaying the election, daily life has once again been interrupted for residents as COVID cases continue to rise and lockdown orders are reinstated.
“Restaurants, parks, churches, and beauty salons will open at lower capacities to limit mobility,” Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s spokesman, Karlo Nograles, said.
“In-person classes and contact sports are suspended,” Nograles said. “Localized lockdowns targeting specific buildings, streets, and neighborhoods will also be enforced,” he added.
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