'A sort of complacency': 100,000 Filipinos apprehended for quarantine breach - DILG

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Posted at Apr 15 2020 09:14 AM

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Police apprehended some 100,000 Filipinos nationwide for violating curfew hours and quarantine on households aimed at halting the spread of the novel coronavirus, the interior department said Wednesday. 

Many people mill about streets as if the country's situation is "normal", despite the lockdown of the entire Luzon and some other regions and cities to stop the pandemic, said Interior and Local Government Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya. 

"Mukhang nagkaroon po ng... sort of complacency. Iyong mga kababayan naman natin they are attempting to see what will be the reaction," he told DZMM . 

(There seems to have been some sort of complacency. Our compatriots are attempting to see what will be the reaction.) 

Authorities ramped up anew the inspection of vehicles bound for quarantined Metro Manila, which led to a traffic build-up along the South Luzon Expressway on Tuesday, he said. 

The interior department also asked 2 barangay captains to explain an illegal cockfighting match in the Manila North Cemetery and a parade honoring health workers in Libis, Quezon City. 

"Nakikiusap po kami sa ating mga kababayan na sana po itong 2 huling linggo ng ECQ (enhanced community quarantine ng Luzon), mas maging vigilant po tayo kasi baka po masayang iyong 3 linggo nating pinaghirapan," said Malaya. 

(We are asking the public to be more vigilant in the last 2 weeks of the ECQ so that what we worked hard for in the last 3 weeks won't go to waste.) 

Luzon, home to about half of the country's 100 million people, is on lockdown until April 30. 

DZMM, March 15, 2020