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No shoot to kill order vs. quarantine violators, PNP chief Gamboa assures public

Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Police General Archie Francisco Gamboa assured the public Tuesday ensured that there is no shoot to kill order against quarantine violators amid the modified enhanced community quarantine in Metro Manila and other high-risk areas.

"Shoot to kill? Wala naman, baka lang to emphasize things..." Gamboa said at a virtual press briefing.

This came after the head of the Quezon City Task Force Disiplina, Rannie Ludovica, allegedly threatened quarantine violators in the city with a shoot to kill policy: "Mula bukas, shoot to kill na ang lalabag sa MECQ."

For the Department of the Interior and Local Government, the supposed remark of Ludovica was improper and illegal. DILG spokesman Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya has advised Ludovica to refrain from issuing such statements.

GMA News Online has tried to reach Ludovica via his personal Facebook account but he has yet to reply as of posting time.

But in a Facebook post, Ludovica explained that his post, which has since been deleted, was personal and that he was just dismayed by the transitioning of Metro Manila from general community quarantine to MECQ.

"Nagmula ang nasabing personal na Facebook post ng inyong lingkod sa aking pagkadismaya sa pagbalik natin mula sa GCQ to MECQ. Patuloy na tumataas ang bilang ng COVID-19 sa lungsod at buong bansa dahil sa kawalan ng disiplina ng karamihan sa ating mga mamamayan at paglabag nila sa batas," he said.

Ludovica had stressed that the public should strictly follow health and safety protocols to combat the pandemic.  — RSJ, GMA News