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Palace awaits IATF recommendations for "Simbang Gabi"

Metro Manila curfew 12:00 midnight to 3:00 AM effective December 1


MANILA – Presidential Spokesperson Secretary Harry Roque today said local government units have been given the discretion to adjust their curfew hours to give the Catholic faithful to attend to the traditional “Simbang Gabi” – the nine-day dawn Masses which begin on December 16.


At a press briefing held in Alcala, Cagayan, Secretary Roque said effective December 1, curfew in Metro Manila will begin at 12:00 midnight and end at 3:00 A.M.


“Let’s wait for what IATF guidelines will be released soon regarding the ‘simbang gabi’”, he said.


On another issue, Secretary Roque quoting Agriculture Secretary William Dar last Sunday, the recent typhoons affected six days’ worth of rice supply.


He said the rice inventory is enough to last 90 days consumption.


Asked about the Philippines’ position in the coming APEC Summit, Secretary Roque said he will still ask other government authorities for the country’s agenda because everyone’s still busy attending to the peoples’ needs after a series of strong typhoons affected millions of residents across the country.


Incidentally, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) reported 73 fatalities due to Typhoon “Ulysses,” with 24 from Cagayan Valley, 17 from CALABARZON, 10 from the Cordillera Autonomous Region (CAR), eight each from Bicol and National Capital Region and six from Central Luzon.


Twenty-four were reported injured with nine from CALABARZON, eight from the Bicol Region, six from Cagayan Valley and one from the Cordillera Administrative Region.


Eight have remained missing in the Bicol Region, six from Region II, National Capital Region with 3 and CALABARZON with 2. (Melo M. Acuña)


Presidential Spokesperson Secretary Harry Roque presiding over the regular midday briefing. This time, it's from Alcala, Cagayan. (Screen Grab from RTVM-PTV4)

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