PRRD to AFP, PNP: ‘Be ready’ to enforce quarantine protocols

PRRD to AFP, PNP: ‘Be ready’ to enforce quarantine protocols

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte in addressing the country from Malacanang was straight to the point when he asked all Filipinos to follow the lockdown protocols laid down by the government, he asked for discipline in each and everyone if we want to stop the spreading of the novel coronavirus 2019 disease or COVID-19.

If his call will not be heeded he has already given orders for the military and police to be on stand by, he might call on them to enforce the enhanced community quarantine protocols (ECQ) in Luzon.

He did not hide his frustrations over the numbers that he is seeing and the news of various violations of the ECQ.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte
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Duterte said his order would be akin to the declaration of “martial law.”
“I’m just asking for your disiplina kasi ‘pag ayaw ninyo, mag-take over ang military pati pulis (I’m just asking for your discipline because if you won’t follow, I’d ask the police and the military to take over). I am ordering them now to be ready,” he said in a speech aired over state-run PTV-4.
Under Article 7, Section 18 of the 1987 Constitution, the President can declare martial law, “in case of invasion or rebellion, when the public safety requires it.”

“Ang pulis pati military ang mag-enforce ng social distancing at ‘yung curfew. Sila na. Parang martial law na rin. Mamili kayo. Ayaw ko pero [kailangan] kapag naipit na ang bayan at walang disiplina kayo (The police and the military would enforce the social distancing and curfew. They will be in charge. It would be similar to martial law. You choose. I don’t like it but it’s necessary if the country will suffer because you have no discipline),” Duterte said.

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