Duterte: Police will continue to arrest lockdown violators


Posted at Apr 04 2020 12:04 AM | Updated as of Apr 04 2020 12:47 AM

MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday night reiterated his warning against Filipinos violating the enhanced community quarantine protocols in Luzon, saying the national police will continue to arrest those caught violating the lockdown.

"Sinabi ko 'wag payagan magkaroon ng mga rally, kung ano-ano kasi walang katapusan ito. Pag nasa ospital na lahat, pag nasa puneyarya na lahat sa bahay, pag may mga tao pa rin, parang kadena-de-amor ipasa din niya iyan," Duterte said in a public address.

"What we're trying to prevent is contaminating your good neighbor getting the germs, and [being dead].

"Then if the police will find your excuse or your reason valid, they have to release you. Otherwise, they can be charged for false arrest," he said.

Duterte, who earlier ordered strict home confinement for the people in Luzon to curb the fast-spreading COVID-19, said that if violators want to go out and roam around, it's up to them if they want to risk getting infected.

"Pero pag naghirap ka, wag ka magtawag sakin. Eh ginusto mo 'yan eh. Talagang mamatay ka," he said.

Duterte earlier ordered the Philippine military and police to "shoot dead" those who would stir trouble and pose danger to authorities.

"My orders are sa pulis pati military, pati mga barangay na pagka ginulo at nagkaroon ng okasyon na lumaban at ang buhay ninyo ay nalagay sa alanganin, shoot them dead. Naintindihan ninyo? Patay. Eh kaysa mag-gulo kayo diyan, eh ‘di ilibing ko na kayo. Ah ‘yung libing, akin ‘yan. Huwag ninyo subukan ang gobyerno kasi itong gobyerno na ito hindi inutil,” he said.

He later denied issuing a "shoot-to-kill" order against lockdown violators.

Before that, some residents of Quezon City who said they are starving due to the lockdown were arrested by the police after they staged a protest near the main thoroughfare in the city, calling for help from the government.