By Arjane Faith Paala

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Amidst the rapidly increasing COVID-19 cases, the Malacañang Palace refuted the circulating voice clip stating martial law and a total lockdown will be implemented next week.

The unidentified woman in the audio recording urged people to replenish foods and essentials as she claimed the President could possibly implement a total lockdown or martial law.

Acting Presidential Spokesperson and Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles was quick to dismiss the rumor and advised people not to get swayed by fake news.

“Fake news po ito. ‘Wag po tayong magpapaniwala sa ganitong uri ng mga balita. Please get your news and information from credible sources only,” he underscored.

Meanwhile, Nograles threatened those who stir up and perpetuate false information as it only worsens the already distressing situation.

“You’re dealing with a real threat that understandably concerns our people and spreading baseless and malicious rumors contributes to unnecessary anxiety and to needless panic. Hindi ito nakakatulong,” he stated.

According to him, the people can rely on the government’s progress reports instead as they value transparency and constantly report their next steps against the virus.