Cop faces probe for beating quarantine violators
The Philippine National Police is investigating an officer who was caught on video allegedly beating several Manila residents who went outside their homes in violation of a Luzon-wide coronavirus lockdown, an official said Friday.
The video shows Lt. Col. Rey Magdaluyo, chief of the Sta. Cruz police station, using a stick to hit the residents of Muslim Town, Quiapo, including a man who was showing a quarantine pass. The officer also cursed at the residents, saying that he will shoot anyone who goes out of their house.
The Manila police is looking into the incident, said PNP chief of directorial staff Lt. Gen. Guillermo Eleazar.
"Sa sitwasyon po kasi ngayon, talagang ang daming matitigas ang ulo and I can only just imagine itong naramdaman ni Col. Magdaluyo," he told DZMM.
(In our current situation, there are many hardheaded people and I can only imagine what Col. Magdaluyo felt.)
"Pero ang sinasabi nga po ng PNP leadership, hindi natin puwedeng i-tolerate at hindi namin ginagawa iyong ganyan... Hindi puwede palalagpasin ang ganyan," he added.
(But what the PNP leadership is saying is we can't tolerate that and that is not our policy. We cannot let that go by.)
Eleazar also urged the public to obey the quarantine of all households in Luzon until April 12 to contain the pandemic.
"While we recognize and salute the sacrifices of our frontliners, malaki po ang gampanin ng ating mga kababayan. Those who stay at home are also heroes in this battle," he said.
The Philippines' tally of COVID-19 cases surged to 707 on Thursday, including 45 deaths and 28 patients who recovered. The count could spike due to the recent arrival of additional test kits, the health department earlier said.
DZMM, March 27, 2020