MANILA - The head of Quezon City's disciplinary task force on Tuesday issued a statement over his controversial Facebook post that said violators of the modified enhanced community quarantine in the city should be killed.
In his Facebook post, QC Task Force Disiplina head Rannie Ludovica said his "shoot to kill" remark on Facebook is not official policy of the city. He also blamed Rappler for reporting on his statement.
"Bilang paglilinaw, walang ganitong polisiya ang Pamahalaang Lungsod Quezon. Ang aking personal Facebook post lamang ang pinagbatayan ng Rappler ng malisyosong impormasyon na ito upang palabasin na pormal na polisiya ito ng lungsod," Ludovica wrote.
The Rappler article, however, did not say that Ludovica's statement was official policy of Quezon City.
Ludovica's original post has been reportedly taken down but several netizens posted screenshots of his statement.
In his statement, Ludovica said his remarks were out of frustration after Metro Manila and neighboring provinces were again placed under MECQ due to the rising number of COVID-19 cases.
"Nagmula ang nasabing personal na Facebook post ng inyong lingkod sa aking pagkadismaya sa pagbalik natin mula sa GCQ to MECQ. Patuloy na tumataas ang bilang ng COVID19 sa lungsod at buong bansa dahil sa kawalan ng disiplina ng karamihan sa ating mga mamamayan at sa paglabag nila sa batas," he said.
Ludovica's earlier statement drew flak from Quezon City residents, including Senator Risa Hontiveros, who said she will be working personally to hold Ludovica responsible for his statement.
"As a QC resident for the last 35 yrs, I will personally work to hold this public official accountable for inciting violence vs civilians," Hontiveros said in a tweet, tagging Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte and the Commission on Human Rights.
Quezon City Councilor Irene Belmonte also expressed dismay over Ludovica's statement.
Sought for comment, Mayor Joy Belmonte said the personal post of Ludovica isn't reflective of the policies of the city.
"I think it was very wrong and in very poor taste for him to have posted this message and I'd like to assure the people of Quezon City that his personal post in no way reflects our city's policies, principles and inclinations." Belmonte told ABS-CBN News.
However, Belmonte reminded netizens not to take Ludovica's statements literally. "I see it more as an expression of frustration that five months into the quarantine, the cases still keep growing," she said.
This is not the first time that Ludovica posted about killing quarantine violators. In a previous post, Ludovica blamed residents of Everlasting Street of Barangay Holy Spirit for the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
"Dapat sa inyo, pa...t yin," he said.