Authorities are pushing boundaries in their enforcement of the lockdown. Here are the stories making the headlines on ANC today:
More incidents of violence against supposed lockdown violators are being reported. United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet criticized the government’s “highly militarized response” in dealing with quarantine violators. PNP chief Gen. Archie Gamboa said with the enhance community quarantine (ECQ) in place, “transgressions into the private life” are inevitable. The Palace told quarantine enforcers to follow the law and that those manning checkpoints to use common sense when assessing the case of those passing through.
Infectious disease expert Dr. Benjamin Co said June would usher in the flu season accompanied by a possible surge of dengue cases. This could tax the country’s health system which is already hobbled by the fight against COVID-19. Meanwhile, the Department of Health (DOH) said the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases has breached 8,000, with 558 deaths.
Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. warned China that if it was pointing any military arsenal at the Philippines, it should be ready to “fire away.” This was in reaction to the reports a Chinese vessel pointed its radar gun at a ship of the Philippine Navy. On another issue, Taiwan criticized presidential spokesperson Harry Roque for saying the issue of the deportation of an anti-Duterte OFW is best left to Taiwan and China. Taiwan has always considered itself a separate from China.
Not much of a rebound
Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez said the reopening of some businesses starting May 1 wouldn't have much of an impact on the economy as a whole. A lot of sectors are due to reopen in general community quarantine areas. But Lopez said the main hubs of economic activity are located in areas under ECQ, including Metro Manila.
Black and blue
Last Monday, a man was beaten with sticks by Quezon City Task Force Disiplina enforcers for apparently breaking quarantine protocol. An ANCX editor witnessed the incident along Panay Avenue as it happened, and shared what he saw.