MANILA – With 10 hours left before the so-called “hard lockdown” in Sampaloc is lifted, some 120 people flouting the containment measure have been accosted, police said Saturday.
Speaking to radio DZMM Saturday morning, Sampaloc Police Station 4 commander Police Lt. Col. John Guiagui said the violators were blatantly disobeying the 48-hour lockdown meant to stem the spread of COVID-19.
“Hindi ko rin mawari. Alam nila may ‘hard lockdown.’ Pero ang titigas pa rin ng ulo,” he said.
(I don't understand. They know there’s a ‘hard lockdown.’ But they're still so stubborn.)
The violators – some of whom where caught drunk -- were brought to the district’s basketball court, he said.
“Ang ginagawa natin aside sa panghuhuli is we have lectures about COVID-19 kung bakit kailangan nilang sumunod at manatili sa bahay para paglabas nila they will become ambassadors sa kanilang lugar,” the police official said.
(We also conduct lectures about COVID-19 on why they need to follow the rule and stay home. So once they are released, they will become ambassadors in their communities.)
Despite the number of lockdown violators, Guiagui said he believes that the majority of residents in Sampaloc, a district of about 380,000 people, adhered to the strict rule. Sampaloc has the highest number of coronavirus cases among districts in the city.
“Mayroon pa ring makukulit, pero at least tumino as compared to the enhanced community quarantine na na-impose sa Sampaloc,” he said.
(There are still some hard-headed ones, but at least many straightened up compared to that time when an enhanced community quarantine was imposed in Sampaloc.)
The lockdown started at 8 p.m. on Thursday and will last until 8 p.m. Saturday. But due to a curfew, residents of Sampaloc will only be allowed to go out starting 5 a.m. Sunday.
According to official figures, Manila has recorded 571 confirmed coronavirus cases. Sampaloc has the most number of COVID-19 cases in the city with 113 confirmed cases and 161 suspected cases.