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'PARANG MARTIAL LAW'

Duterte orders military, police to be ready if public shows no discipline amid quarantine


President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday night ordered the military and the police to be ready to enforce social distancing and curfew in the country's bid to contain COVID-19 if the public would continue to have no discipline in following the rules of the enhanced community quarantine.

"I’m just asking for your disiplina. Kasi pag ayaw ninyo, ayaw ninyong maniwala, mag-takeover ang military pati pulis. I am ordering them now to be ready. Ang pulis pati military ang mag-enforce sa social distancing at yung curfew. Sila na," Duterte said.

"Parang martial law na rin. Mamili kayo. Ayaw ko, pero pagka naipit na yung bayan at walang disiplina kayo," he added.

"'Di na bale sana kung 'di kayo maniwala sa akin. Wala naman akong paki, 'di naman tayo kaibigan, kapartido, pero ngayon, kung anong partido mo o kulay mo, sumunod ka kasi 'pag hindi, ang kaharap mo sa susunod ay ang militar at pulis."

Duterte said he might implement this next week.

As of Monday, the Philippine National Police has recorded a total of 108,088 violators of the guidelines of the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine.

As of Monday, the Philippine National Police has recorded a total of 108,088 violators of the guidelines of the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine.

According to the data from PNP deputy chief for operations and Joint Task Force COVID-19 Shield Police Lieutenant General Guillermo Eleazar, 64,946 violators were from Luzon.

Meanwhile, a total of 19,279 came from the Visayas and 23,863 were from Mindanao, the March 17 to April 12 data showed.

In an interview on Dobol B sa News TV, Eleazar continued to remind the public to observe precautionary measures to curb the spread of the virus.

He said most violators were just accosted while other violators have been detained in detention facilities.

The country has so far recorded a total of 5,660 cases of COVID-19, including 362 fatalities and 435 recoveries. —NB/LDF, GMA News