Palace urges public to report human rights violations during Luzon lockdown


Posted at Apr 19 2020 03:47 PM | Updated as of Apr 19 2020 07:00 PM

MANILA - Malacañang on Sunday urged the public to report human rights violations committed by local officials during the Luzon lockdown as it said these will not be tolerated.

The Department of Interior and Local Government, which supervises local governments and the Philippine National Police, was "committed to uphold human rights at all times," according to Presidential spokesman Harry Roque.

"As we are not fully aware of the details of such violations, we will appreciate receipt of detailed information of the same for proper action by the appropriate agencies," he said in a statement.

Roque reminded the public to stay home, as he noted the efforts of local officials in implementing the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) in Luzon.

"In all this, we cannot overstate the need for everyone to observe social distancing, curfew hours, and other protocols in these difficult times," he said.

"As necessary, please stay at home. Please do not violate any of the ECQ rules. This entails everyone’s cooperation. We need to fight this pandemic together."

Some 125,000 quarantine violators have been apprehended, PNP spokesman Brig. Gen. Bernard Banac told ANC on Sunday. Majority were "sent back to their homes," while 25 percent are facing complaints and 5 percent were fined, he said.

The entire Luzon, home to about half of the country's 100 million people, and other areas have imposed quarantine measures to contain the pandemic.

As of Saturday, the Philippines has recorded 6,087 cases of the respiratory illness, with 516 recoveries and 397 deaths.