Metro Manila, Philippines — The campaign headquarters of the Bongbong Marcos-Sara Duterte tandem has been temporarily closed after more than 20 staff members tested positive for COVID-19, Marcos’ spokesperson said on Monday.
According to lawyer Vic Rodriguez, the headquarters in Mandaluyong City was ordered shut down by Marcos from Jan. 3 until further notice to ensure the safety of personnel and supporters.
The Bongbong-Sara Uniteam has also postponed all public appearances, sorties, and assemblies until Jan. 15 in light of the infections.
However, Rodriguez said campaign preparations and other administrative functions will continue through virtual arrangements.
“The UniTeam also advises all its supporters nationwide to exercise self-restraint and avoid holding unilateral campaign/political activities that might result in the further surge of COVID-19 cases in their areas,” he said in a statement.
The Philippines is once again considered “high risk” for COVID-19 due to the rise in infections in recent days, the Department of Health said. Metro Manila was placed under a stricter Alert Level 3 from Jan. 3 to 15 amid the uptick in cases.