Kapamilya star Kim Chiu’s viral “bawal lumabas” statement has made its way to the Malacañang after Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque referred to her words in a press briefing on Monday.
In the virtual presser, Roque reminded the public that while the government has relaxed its quarantine guidelines in some areas, the country is still in community quarantine.
His reminder came after citizens flocked to partially open shopping malls during the weekend.
“Nandiyan pa rin ang virus habang wala pang bakuna, habang wala pang gamot. Hindi pa rin po tayo ligtas sa COVID-19,” he said.
Roque used the words of the actress to advise the public in following health protocols when leaving their homes.
“Sabi nga ng isang nag viral na post at alam ko naman kung kilala niyo kung sino siya. Bawal lumabas pero kapag nag comply ka at inayos ninyo, mag obserba ng proper hygiene, tulad ng paghugas ng kamay, pag susuot ng face mask or face shield at pagsunod sa social distancing at iba pang health protocols, mapapa-flatten natin ang curve at yung bawal lumabas ay magiging pwede nang lumabas,” he said.
He also warned the public that the country might follow the footsteps of other countries that are facing an increase in COVID-19 cases after they have eased their restrictions.
On May 9, Chiu apologized for causing confusion over her sentiments during Laban Kapamilya, a Facebook Live protest weeks ago.
In an Instagram post, she explained that her emotions got the best of her.
“Nadala lang po ng bugso ng damdamin. Sa dami ng sinabi ko yun lang talaga ang napansin niyo?. Kahit ano paman ang sabihin niyo OKAY LANG PO basta #LABANKAPAMILYA,” she said.