Filipino President Has Plan To Handle Lockdown Violators, 'Shoot Them Dead'
Manila, PHILIPPINES – Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday said that if residents of the island continued to defy the lockdown that law enforcement officers and soldiers could shoot them.
Duterte also said that if riots happened and troublemaking continued he would shut down the massive amount of food and financial aid his government was providing to the people, the Associated Press reported.
In a televised speech, the Filipino president said that anyone who attacked doctors or healthcare workers with toxic chemicals would be doused with the toxic chemicals or forced to drink them.
Duterte said the pandemic was “getting worse” and troublemakers would die in jails, the Associated Press reported.
“I will not hesitate,” he warned during the broadcast. “My orders are for the police, the military and the villages, in case there’s trouble and there’s an occasion where they fight and your life is threatened, shoot them dead.”
Duterte also announced he was transferring responsibility for food and cash distribution to a government agency and out of the hands of politicians, according to the Associated Press.
The new department managing the resources is led by a former general and Duterte said he would harshly punish those who engaged in malfeasance.
The Philippines have had 2,633 residents test positive for the coronavirus, with 170 fatalities, according to Bing’s COVID-19 Tracker.