Circulating social media graphic claiming total lockdown in Cavite is fake, recycled

March 17, 2021 - 7:25 PM
People in Bacoor
People shop in a public market in Bacoor, Cavite on March 12, 2020. (The STAR/Jesse Bustos)

There will be no “total lockdown” in Cavite, contrary to social media posts claiming one will be imposed soon.

A Twitter user shared a social media card suggesting that the province will be under enhanced community quarantine (ECQ), the strictest among the quarantine phases, and tagged its governor.

“@jonvicremulla Gov. Legit or Hoax?” she asked.

Cavite Governor Jonvic Remulla responded and said that the post is “fake.”

Prior to this, claims of a supposed lockdown in the province have been keeping Filipinos on their toes.

“Hoooy lockdown na ba sa Cavite ha?” a Twitter user asked on Tuesday.

“Bakit parang nakakaramdam ako ng lockdown dito sa Cavite?” shared another online user.

A Facebook user said that it’s already “old news” as it was implemented a year ago.

The fake graphic used some of Remulla’s words in a Facebook post shared on April 27, 2020, where he enumerated the province’s COVID-19 cases and said that he should’ve implemented ECQ “earlier.”

“I take full responsibility for this. I should have enforced the VE (vitamin-enriched) ECQ earlier. I will confer with the Mayors later and (get) consensus on lockdown rules. I will contact the Philippine Army later for additional reinforcements. Let’s get ready. I will suggest that to the Mayors that we start the Lockdown sooner,” he said before.

On April 28, Cavite was placed in a strict 14-day quarantine to curb the COVID-19 transmission in the province.

It was in effect from midnight of April 28 to 5 a.m. of May 15, 2020.

The announcement was also shared by a non-government organization sharing Dasmariñas-related news and updates.

Cavite is currently under modified general community quarantine or MGCQ, the most lenient of the government’s quarantine phases.