Police: Public can expect ‘softer approach,’ as metro quarantine begins

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 14 2020 11:36 PM | Updated as of Mar 15 2020 12:26 AM

MANILA—The Philippine National Police on Saturday said authorities will resort to "police visibility" instead of "hard" checkpoints under the Metro Manila-wide quarantine set to begin Sunday.

This was decided during meetings with the National Capital Region Police Office and the transportation department, and all parties "settled for the much softer approach."

There will also be no road closures until the NCRPO reviews the results of the first day of the quarantine.

Authorities will still check on people going in and out of Metro Manila, but will be more lenient in applying ID checks and verifying the public's purpose of passing through.

However, health checks will remain stringent at all checkpoints.

One such checkpoint was promptly put up along the Alabang-Zapote road.

Meanwhile, some 2,500 soldiers are expected to be deployed to help the police man those border stations.

--Report from Raffy Santos and Zhander Cayabyab ABS-CBN News