US, WASHINGTON (ORDO NEWS) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte gave permission for the military and police to shoot at quarantine citizens. He made this decision after more than a hundred residents of Quezon City neglected the restrictive measures introduced due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic and went outside demanding food.
“My order is to the police, military and regional authorities: if disobedience appears, if you are rebuffed and your life is in danger, shoot the violators,” Duterte Bloomberg quotes.
However, the head of the Philippine National Police, Archie Gamboa, has already stated that the country’s president has exaggerated in his speech. He assured that law enforcement officers will not kill citizens.
Duterte’s statement caught the attention of human rights defenders. The organization Amnesty International expressed concern in this regard.
“It’s very worrying that President Duterte has spread a shoot-out policy for law enforcement,” said Butch Olano, head of the Philippine branch of the organization. “Such a deadly uncontrolled force should never be used in an emergency such as the COVID-19 pandemic.”
In mid-March, Duterte imposed restrictions on the movement of citizens on the island of Luzon, where the capital of the state of Manila is located. In total, 2633 people were found to have coronavirus in the country, 107 patients died.
Duterte is known for his high-profile statements. In 2017, he promised to “personally kill” drug dealers . The President of the Philippines threatened those who “destroy the country” with a war that he intends to wage until the end of his presidency.
In addition, Duterte refused to pay a visit to the United States after he was invited by US President Donald Trump. The Philippine leader called the States a “lousy country” and emphasized that he would not go there either during his presidency or after.
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