Cavite governor seeks army help in COVID-19 lockdown after violations

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 20 2020 01:11 PM | Updated as of Apr 20 2020 01:58 PM

MANILA - Cavite Governor Jonvic Remulla said Monday he sought the military's help in implementing a lockdown to halt the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), following incidents of violation. 

About 90 percent of Cavite residents follow the lockdown while 10 percent disobey it and could spread the respiratory disease, Remulla said on Facebook. 

"NAKAKAPIKON! Kung kulang ang patakaran at pakiusap ay subukan ko naman kaya ang HIGPITAN ko ang padtupad nito," he wrote. 

(It's infuriating! If the guidelines and requests are not enough, I will try to tighten the implementation.) 

Remulla said he was coordinating with Interior Secretary Eduardo Año to tap soldiers and army reservists for the lockdown. He said he would update his constituents about the plan on Monday night. 

"Wala po sa loob ko ang manakit. Gusto ko lang patuparin ang batas para yung 10% ay tumino at ang 90% ay maisalba," he said. 

(I do not mean to hurt anyone. I just want to implement the law so that the 10 percent would behave well and the 90 percent could be saved.) 

President Rodrigo Duterte earlier directed the military and police to prepare to take over lockdown implementation in communities, following reports of breaches. 

Metro Manila and the entire Luzon, home to about half of the country's 100 million people, is under lockdown until April 30 to contain the pandemic. Other regions have also imposed quarantine measures.

As of Sunday, the Philippines has recorded 6,259 cases of COVID-19, with 572 recoveries and 409 deaths.