Duterte warns unruly quarantine violators not to taunt gov’t amid relief delays
Marje Pelayo • April 2, 2020 • 693
MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte expressed dismay over what happened between the residents of San Roque in Barangay Pagasa, Quezon City and police on Wednesday (April 1).
Such incident prompted the President to a sudden public address on live broadcast.
The Chief Executive stressed his appeal to the public to help maintain order amid the ongoing health crisis that the country is facing due to coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
Consequently, he warned unruly residents to heed to government orders otherwise, he would order drastic measures against them.
“My orders are sa pulis pati military, pati mga barangay na kapag ginulo at nagkaroon ng okasyon na lumaban at ang buhay ninyo ay nalagay sa alanganin, shoot them dead (My orders to the police and the military and even to barangay officials, if they became unruly which may endanger your safety, shoot them dead),” the President said in obvious dismay.
“Kaysa manggulo kayo diyan, ilibing ko na kayo. Huwag ninyong subukan ang gobyerno kasi itong gobyerno na ito hindi inutil (So instead of causing chaos, I will just bury you. Do not challenge this government because this is not a useless government),” he added.
Some angry residents vented their anger against the local government of Quezon City claiming they have not received any relief assistance yet since the enhanced community quarantine started some weeks ago.
Police had no choice but to use force and arrested several residents who stood up against them.
A total of 15 males and 5 female residents were arrested for violating the physical distancing protocols.
The Quezon City government denied allegations that it is not providing relief assistance to affected residents.
“In fact, there is continuous distribution of food packs throughout the city, both from the local government and the barangays to ensure that affected families are looked after during this crisis period,” the LGU said in a statement.
Officials of Barangay Pagasa explained relief that distribution has reached the area only that relief packages on hand were not enough at that time.
“Kaya nga nagagalit sila kasi bakit sa gilid lang ang nabigyan. Doon lang daw nagtapos ang dala nila Kapitan, hindi sila nabalikan ulit (They were angry because the relief goods reached only a specific area and did not reached their place)” said barangay personnel Ligaya Sambayon.
The local government suspects certain personalities are provoking the residents to rally against authorities.
“Ang mga tao akala po nila may bigayan talaga. Pagdating nila doon ang mga hard core ng Kadamay na po ang nagpainit at nag-instigate na wala daw pong ibinigay na relief goods ang atin pong lungsod, ang atin pong barangay. (Residents were made to believe that there would be relief distribution. But some Kadamay members started the commotion provoking them to whine over lack of relief goods from the LGU, from the barangay when in fact, relief assistance was being provided to them),” QC Task Force Disiplina Action Officer Ranulfo Rannie Ludovica concluded. MNP (with reports from Rosalie Coz / Asher Cadapan Jr.)
There is no need to worry about President Rodrigo Duterte’s ‘shoot them dead’ order against those who would disrupt the enhanced community quarantine, according to Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) Spokesperson Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles.
In a digital press conference on Thursday (April 2), Nograles said the public should remember that the country is facing a public health issue and not a peace and order issue.
“This is a public health concern. Let’s not complicate things by making it a peace and order problem. It’s already hard and difficult as it is. Let’s focus on one enemy, which is COVID-19,” he said.
The IATF Spokesperson said that despite the ceasefire with the rebel groups. the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) are prepared to take action if there is disorder.
“Hindi po papayag ang gobyerno na may manggugulo at may magti-take advantage sa situation na to (The government will not allow anyone who will cause chaos or take advantage of this situation),” Nograles said.
“Alam naman ng mga policemen natin, our AFP kung ano ang protocols pagdating sa peacekeeping and law enforcement (Our policemen, the AFP know the protocols when it comes to peacekeeping and law enforcement),” he added.
On Wednesday (April 1), Duterte warned that he will order the police and the AFP to shoot anyone who creates trouble. AAC(with reports from Dante Amento)
President Rodrigo Duterte reminds the public to remain calm and vigilant amid the novel coronavirus or COVID-19 threat in the Philippines.
“I call on our people to remain calm, vigilant, responsible and I also ask your trust and cooperation, support as we face the challenge,” the President said during a video message on Thursday (February 13).
He also appealed to the public to rely on official groups including the World Health Organization (WHO) when it comes to information on COVID-19.
“Huwang makinig diyan sa mga haka-haka. Nandiyan ang totoo sa gobyerno, wala diyan sa mga taong haka-haka na wala namang ginawa kundi manakot, (Don’t listen to rumours. The truth is in the government, not in people who have nothing to do but instill fear),” Duterte said.
Duterte said there are three confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Philippines and none of them are Filipino nationals. He also reiterated that there is still no evidence of local community transmission in the country.
He also reminded the public to maintain proper hygiene.
Meanwhile the chief executive reiterated that the government is ready to provide assistance to Filipinos in locked down areas in China.
“To our kababayans who remain in lockdown areas in China, I assure you that the government is ready to bring you home if you want,” he said.—AAC (with reports from Rosalie Coz)
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