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CebPac cancels all domestic flights to and from Manila over MECQ

Budget carrier Cebu Pacific has canceled all its domestic flights to and from Manila during the two-week modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) to be reinstated starting Tuesday.

In an advisory, the carrier said all its flights, including those of Cebgo, to and from Metro Manila are canceled from August 4 to 18, 2020.

It noted, however, that it will continue to operate flights between Clark and Cebu, and between Clark and Davao, all every Tuesday.

Cebu Pacific also noted that it intends to continue operating its overseas flights between Manila and Dubai and Manila and Singapore.

It also plans to continue with flights from Manila to Seoul, from Tokyo to Manila, and from Osaka to Manila.

"Flights between Manila and Taipei, along with all other Cebu Pacific international flights, are also canceled during this time," it said.

Affected passengers can choose to rebook their flights within three months of the original flights, place the ticket cost in a travel fund, or be fully refunded.

Over the weekend, President Rodrigo Duterte said Metro Manila, Bulacan, and the Calabarzon areas will again be placed under the MECQ from August 4 to 18 following pleas of the healthcare sector for a "timeout" amid the surge in COVID-19 cases.

Frontliners earlier called on the government to reimpose stricter quarantine measures to give health workers a time to recuperate from exhaustion due to the non-stop admission of COVID-19 patients.

Duterte also called out healthcare workers and said they should have asked for an audience in airing their plea, instead of making public statements. -NB, GMA News