Rodrigo Duterte: ‘Shoot them dead’ warns against violating lockdown in Philippines
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte warned that those who resisted government officials attempting to enforce quarantine and stay-at-home measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus could be shot.
His fiery comments came after local reports of a disturbance and multiple arrests of residents in an impoverished area of Manila who were protesting about a lack of enough food aid.
Let this be a warning to all, Follow the government at this time because it is critical that we have order, he said in a late-night televised national address on Wednesday.
It is getting worse. So once again I’m telling you the seriousness of the problem and that you must listen, Duterte said.
Do not intimidate the government. Do not challenge the government. You will lose,
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.
Rodrigo Duterte’s warning came after residents of a slum in Manila’s Quezon City staged a protest along a highway near their shanty houses, claiming they had not received any food packs and other relief supplies since the lock down began more than two weeks ago.
Philippines have recorded 2,311 cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus as of Wednesday. At least 96 people have died.
On Thursday, national police chief Gen. Archie Gamboa said authorities understood that Duterte “just overemphasized” the law and that no one would be shot.