MANILA - The Philippine National Police will look into alleged reports that some people, in civilian clothes who later claim they are policemen, are accosting quarantine violators in Caloocan City, the head of the Joint Task Force COVID-19 Shield said Sunday.
"We have to check on that... But ang direktiba ng ating chief PNP, base na rin sa guidance ng ating SILG na si Gen. (Eduardo) Ano, ay talagang mapigil yung pagpapalusot at ma-implement nang strict itong ating ECQ," Police Lt. Gen. Guillermo Eleazar told radio DZMM.
(But the directive of our PNP chief, based on the guidance of Interior Secretary Eduardo Ano, is to accost violators and implement the ECQ strictly.)
"Kagaya ng ginagawa ng ating pulis sa paghahanap ng kriminal, we will pose as ordinary citizens. And then, after that, pag nakita natin, we can always make the necessary accost or arrest," he added.
(When we look for criminals, we we will pose as ordinary citizens. Then after that, we can always make the necessary arrest.)
He said even civilians can also "approach anybody" to caution others "not to do the wrong thing."
"As long as it will be in our protocol, and without violating any rights of the persons, basically, these are initiatives na pwedeng gawin ng ating mga pulis (our police can make). But sinasabi ko nga po dapat walang pang-aabuso o pagmamalabis (there must be no abuses)," Eleazar said.
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.
The region and some other specified areas are also subject to an enhanced community quarantine until May 15 to sustain the country's efforts against the COVID-19 pandemic.
As of Saturday, the Philippines has recorded 7,294 cases of the new coronavirus, including 792 recoveries and 494 deaths.