A shoot to kill order of all lockdown violators is giving Philippines residents a reason to worry. This is after their president Rodrigo Duterte conferred the request to their military.
The Philippines have been hit significantly by the coronavirus pandemic. Currently, the country has 96 deaths resulting from Covid-19.
The country also has 2,311 people already testing positive for the virus. The number may seem minimal in comparison with the figures of other countries like Italy.
However, statistics in the Philippines suggest that the infection numbers will multiply quickly in the next three weeks.
In response to this, President Rodrigo gave a lockdown order to minimize the spread of the disease. However, as is like with humans, many people in the Philippines are defying this order.
The national police have been in constant combat with civilians being out in the streets despite the lockdown. There are also cases of medical personnel being abused by the same violators.
This social disobedience has prompted the president to issue strict measures against individuals violating the lockdown.
Speaking to the media on Tuesday, Rodrigo made it clear that all lockdown violators and chaos makers may be shot to death.
“My order to the military is to shoot to kill all members of the public who are causing trouble. This includes people who are fighting back with the police,” stated Rodrigo.
The stern warning is already working as most citizens are now afraid to leave the safety of their homes. However, it is still unclear whether anyone will be shot.
Philippines National Police
The Philippine National Police is assuring its citizens that the shoot to kill order was only symbolic. According to their chief of police, the rule only aims to convey the strictness of the lockdown.
Philippines police boss speaking yesterday morning asked all the people to comply with the measures in place. He also said that the rules are only in place for their good.
Duterte is always encouraging citizens to cooperate with the police and immediately cease abusing the medical personnel.
Mandatory home quarantine was put in place after president Rodrigo admitted to his people that the situation is worsening.
“Covid-19 is worsening in our country. In respect to this, I announce an indefinite lockdown across the country,” said Rodrigo in a previous week.
This stern order comes because Manila is reporting increasing cases of violence and disturbances ever since the lockdown.
Arrests of the residents are increasing following the various number of demonstrations across the country. Residents have been complaining about the insufficiency of food aid from the government.