AFP ready to help if lockdown needed amid Covid-19

AFP ready to help if lockdown needed amid Covid-19

While there is a possibility of implementing a “lockdown” in Metro Manila to control the spread if not stopping the spreading of the novel corona virus or the COVID-19, the Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said that the military is more than ever ready to help the Philippine National Police (PNP) in maintaining a lockdown if needed.
"If needed and called, the AFP (Armed Forces of the Philippines) is ready," he said in a message to reporters.

Lorenzana clarifies that the PNP will be the ones to manage the lockdown, while the members of the AFP will assist the policemen if needed.
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AFP Chief of Staff Gen. Felimon Santos said units under Joint Task Force-National Capital Region (NCR) will be deployed to support the Philippine National Police (PNP).
"If in case lockdown will be implemented all OPCON (operational control), OPCOM (operational command) and Reservist units under JTF NCR will be deployed in support to PNP," he said in a message to reporters.
The Covid-19 outbreak which originated in Wuhan, Hubei Province in China resulted to the death of more than 4,200 people and an infection of over 119,000 in more than 100 countries.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte has already declared the country under a state of public health emergency after the health department reported the first known local transmission of coronavirus and the rise in confirmed cases in the country.

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