Man shot dead in Philippines for flouting coronavirus rules | Philippines News


A 63-year-old man was shot dead in the Philippines after threatening village officials and police with a forgery at a coronavirus checkpoint, police said on Saturday.

The man was reportedly drunk when he threatened village officials and police at the Nasipit town checkpoint in southern Agusan del Norte on Thursday, police said.


“The suspect was warned by a village health worker … not to wear a face mask,” the report said. “But the suspect got angry, made provocative words, and finally attacked the staff with a scythe. “

The suspect was killed by a police officer who was trying to pacify him.

The incident is the first reported case of police shooting a civilian for refusing to follow restrictions aimed at curbing the spread of the new coronavirus.

Duterte’s warning

President Rodrigo Duterte warned on Wednesday that he would order the police and the military to shoot anyone who had created problems.

“Follow the government right now because it is essential that we have order,” he said in a national television address late in the evening.

“And do not harm health workers, doctors … because it is a serious crime. My orders to the police and the military, if someone creates problems, and their lives are in danger: shoot them. “

The main island of the Philippines, Luzon, has been locked out for a month since March 16, prohibiting people from leaving their homes, except for essential trips to the grocery store or pharmacy, or if they are workers of First line.

Many provinces outside Luzon have also imposed their own restrictions to prevent the spread of the virus.

The Ministry of Health has reported 76 new confirmed cases of infection in the Philippines, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 3,094.

Eight additional deaths were also recorded, bringing the death toll to 144, while 57 patients recovered.

Duterte defended his warning against the troublemakers in another late-night television address on Friday, saying that the public should be aware of the seriousness of the situation, as anyone can get sick from the disease.

“Without these restrictions, it will not end,” he said. “So if you don’t want to follow, I will end up protecting the lives of innocent people who don’t want to die.” “

“Infringement of liberties”

Amnesty International has deplored the fact that leaders of strong men around the world like Duterte are using the COVID-19 pandemic “to further stifle criticism and dissent.”

“This is an unprecedented health crisis, but President Duterte is focusing on attacks on freedom of speech and of assembly,” said Butch Olano, director of Amnesty International in the Philippines.

“It downplays the nation’s plea for better services when the priority should be to fulfill the government’s obligation to provide life-saving health care and relief to all people without discrimination,” he added.

The government has started distributing cash assistance to poor families and the workers affected by the foreclosure as part of a 200 billion peso ($ 4 billion) improvement program.

But there have been persistent complaints of delays in providing assistance, particularly food parcels.

On Wednesday, unrest broke out in a suburb of Manila when a group of slum residents gathered in front of their slums after hearing rumors that donations would be distributed.

Village security agents and police urged residents to return home, but they refused.

Twenty-one of the residents were arrested and various criminal charges were laid against them.


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