Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte warned that unruly violators of coronavirus quarantine measures would be shot (Photo by Richard Madelo/AP)
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has warned unruly violators of coronavirus lockdown measures that they could be shot by the police or the military for causing trouble, and said abuse of medical workers was a serious crime that would not be tolerated.
Duterte said it was vital for everyone to follow home quarantine measures, in order to slow the contagion and spare the country’s fragile health system from being overwhelmed.
The Philippines has recorded 2,311 confirmed cases and 96 deaths from COVID-19, with infections now being reported in the hundreds every day.
“It is getting worse. So once again I’m telling you the seriousness of the problem and that you must listen,” Duterte said on Wednesday (April 1). “My orders to the police and military… If there is trouble and there’s an occasion that they fight back and your lives are in danger, shoot them dead. Is that understood? Dead. Instead of causing trouble, I will bury you.”
Activists urged the government to provide much-needed relief supplies instead of inciting violence and vigilantism, as shown in his war on drugs, during which police and gunmen killed thousands of people accused of using or selling drugs.
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