Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte has announced he would enforce “martial law-like” lockdown measures as violators of his government’s enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) continue to increase in numbers.
Mr. Duterte earlier warned of imposing a “total lockdown” should people continue to violate the quarantine measures.
“I’m asking for your discipline. If you don’t want to, you don’t want to believe, the military and police will take over. I’m ordering them now to be ready. It will be them. It’s like martial law. You choose,” Duterte said in a televised address.
“We’re not friends, we’re not party mates, you don’t like me, it’s OK. But now, whatever your party is, or whatever your color is, you have to obey or else you will face the military and the police,” he added.
Authorities earlier said, over 100,000 people have violated protocols of the Luzon-wide quarantine.
The Inter-agency Task Force (IATF) for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases said it is already discussing the government’s game plan when the Luzon-wide lockdown lapses.
As of Thursday, the Philippines recorded 5,660 cases of COVID-19, with 362 deaths and 435 recoveries. (Source: INQUIRER.net)