Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte Threatens To Shoot Lockdown Violators

In the Philippines, the 57 million people on the country’s main island, Luzon, are severely restricted to prevent the spread of COVID-19. But on Wednesday, many took to the streets of Manila slums to protest against food shortages. They claim they have not received any food parcels since the blockage began two weeks ago.

Local authorities rejected the claims, clashed with protesters and eventually arrested 20 people who refused to return home.

That night, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte issued a “warning of deterrence” to the nation. If you do not comply with the suspension order again, the police will shoot you.

“I will not restrain myself. “My orders to the police, army and rural cadres: if there is trouble, if there is violence, if there is a life-threatening scene, shoot them,” he said in a televised address in Tagalog and English. We cannot intimidate the government. Do not challenge the government. You will lose,” he said.
Such orders are not atypical for controversial leaders. For years, he was known for allegedly killing drug dealers by police outside the courtroom. But this represents a ruthless escalation of the global struggle against COWID-19.

According to Johns Hopkins University, the Philippines has 2,633 confirmed coronavirus cases and 107 deaths, far fewer than in other countries of similar size.

So far, authoritarian governments have been most effective in halting the spread of the virus, encouraging citizens to sacrifice privacy and freedom in exchange for public health.

Lessons learned from the successful control of coronaviruses in Korea.
Poland is trying to force isolated citizens to use selfish APTs to establish themselves in Poland. Singapore uses Bluetooth signals between phones to track who has contacted them.

But the threat to Duterte is probably the bravest of all.” “My soldiers will not hesitate to shoot you,” Duterte said in a harsh tone on Wednesday. I will not hesitate to order the police to arrest and detain you. If you get caught, I will leave it to you to find food.”

On Thursday, as is often the case after Dutherte made such inflammatory public statements, Philippine officials rushed to say the president was simply using hyperbole to convey the gravity of the situation.

“Maybe the president is too concerned about enforcing the law at this time of crisis,” said Archie Gumbo, chief of the Philippine National Police, adding that the police understand that they have not actually been ordered to kill a person.


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