‘What martial law?’: Malacanang defends military, police presence in NCR lockdown

‘What martial law?’: Malacanang defends military, police presence in NCR lockdown

The threat of uncontrolled spreading of the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) has prompted the government to declare Code Red sub level-2  which paved the way for the community quarantine status for the whole of the National Capital Region (NCR).
The whole intention of which is to minimize if not stop the spreading of the coronavirus and that would really entail slowing down the activities in Metro Manila.

The Philippine National Police (PNP) augmented and supported by the Armed Forces of the Philippines have established strategic checkpoints all of this to implement the directive of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s order suspending land, domestic air, and sea travel in Metro Manila from March 15 until April 14.
Member of the Philippine Military mans checkpoints in the implementation of the community quarantine of Metro Manila
(photo credit to owner)

The critics and detractors of the Duterte government has criticized this move short of saying this is an over kill and as if its already a martial law has been declared.
“Paanong marital law. Meron na bang inaresto? ‘Pag marital law, maraming inaaresto, maraming kinukulong,” Presidential Spokesperson Atty. Salvador Panelo said.

“Talagang kailangan natin ang militar kasi kailangan natin ng manpower. Hindi kaya ng mga baranggay ang pagpapatupad nito. Kailangan ng kooperasyon ng bawat ahensiya ng gobyerno,” he added.

Panelo said that medical practitioners are also manning the checkpoints and not just the uniformed personnel.

“Merong mga health workers kasama ‘yun. Nakita mo ba…merong mga kumukuha ng temperatura. May mga doctor na kasama dun saka mga nurse,”  he said.

The country has already more than 100 COVID-19 cases, of which 8 has already died.
We are currently under a state of public health emergency due to the virus, which originated from Wuhan, China.

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