President Rodrigo Duterte will not deliver his scheduled public address on Wednesday night, according to presidential spokesperson Harry Roque.

In a short statement, Roque said Duterte’s address has been moved to next week.

Roque last Monday said the President’s Talk to the People address, usually held on Monday nights, was moved to Wednesday.

Senator Bong Go, a former close aide of the President, said Talk to the People was postponed after many members of the Presidential Security Group tested positive for COVID-19.

Although Go could not state how many of the PSG members contracted the disease, he assured the public that none of them had a direct contact with the President, according to a report by Super Radyo dzBB’s Tuesday Niu.

The decision to postpone the Talk to the People was only to ensure that the President will not be exposed to any of the PSG members, the senator said.

He also assured the public that the President is in good health and does not experience any symptom of COVID-19, and that he would be staying in Manila for now.

During Talk to the People, Duterte usually makes important announcements regarding the government’s efforts to address COVID-19 pandemic as well as his administration’s new policies. He has also used it to blast his critics.

The President’s last public appearance was last March 29 when he personally received one million doses of Sinovac’s COVID-19 vaccine, the first batch that was paid for by the government that was delivered to the country.

He delivered his regular Talk to the People later on that day.

Prior to March 29, the President celebrated his 76th birthday in his Davao City home last March 28. —Llanesca T. Panti and Erwin Colcol/KBK, GMA News