DILG to cops: Get instructions from President, not LGUs

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 24 2020 01:50 PM

MANILA - Policemen manning quarantine control points are urged to follow instructions only from the national government to prevent confusion and delays in the delivery of goods and essential services amid the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine.

"Unang-una sana po sa ating mga kapulisan, you take your instructions from the President, not from the local government officials," Interior and Local Government Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya said.

Malaya said they are also left wondering how the guidelines of the enhanced community quarantine for the entire Luzon is cascaded down to those deployed at checkpoints.

He admitted that there are different signals coming from local government units in terms of how authorities carry out checkpoints, especially in areas which declared their own lockdown.

"Nananawagan ang DILG sa at governor at mayor na 'wag lagpasan yung mga panuntunan na ibinigay ng Pangulo at ibinigay ng IATF (Inter-Agency Task Force) kasi ang national government po ay national interest at yung interest n'yo lokal. At the end of the day, ang kailan nating sundin ay ang ating Pangulo," he reminded local chief executives.

This after Malaya received reports about trucks on its way out of controlled areas were not allowed to pass.

"Kasama po yan sa regulasyon whether may laman o wala, so long as cargo truck kailangan pong padaanin," he said.

He added there are also reports that doctors and nurses were made to walk from the checkpoint after their vehicles were not allowed to pass through checkpoints.

"Pag nurse po, pag duktor hindi po yan kailangang pigilan. Yung mga truck, they have to be allowed an unimpeded entry," he said.

He urged the public to report through the following numbers: 0927-422-6300; 0961-772-1668 incidents wherein healthcare workers or delivery of essential goods were blocked from entering controlled points.

"Importante kunin nyo pangalan ng pulis na humarang at ipadala sa amin sa DILG," he said.

Malaya also said that barangays cannot impose their own checkpoint without coordination from the Philippine National Police.

"Kasi ang mga barangay wala namang alam yan sa authoritized persons outside of residence, IATF resolution. Ang may alam nyan pulis. Hindi puwede nagsasarili sila ng checkpoint," he said.