Philippine:

  • Philippine police reportedly killed a man for disobeying President Rodrigo Duterte’s strict quarantine rules.
  • The man, 63, threatened local officials with a scythe after they told him to wear a face mask, a local police report said, according to Al Jazeera.
  • This appears to be the first reported case of someone being shot dead in the Philippines for disobeying lockdown rules.
  • Duterte told the country on Wednesday that he had ordered the police and military to shoot perceived troublemakers amid the coronavirus outbreak.

Philippine police reportedly killed a man for disobeying President Rodrigo Duterte’s strict quarantine rules, a day after the president ordered the military and police to shoot any lockdown troublemakers dead.

On Thursday, a 63-year-old man became angry and threatened local officials and police after he was cautioned for not wearing a face mask, Al Jazeera reported, citing a local police report. The incident happened in Agusan del Norte, a southern province in the Philippines.

According to the report, the man, who was thought to have been drunk, attacked local officials with a scythe. A police officer who was trying to subdue the man opened fire, killing him.

The incident happened the day after Duterte told the country’s 107 million people in a televised address that he had ordered the police and military to shoot perceived troublemakers amid the coronavirus outbreak.

“My orders to the police and the military, if anyone creates trouble, and their lives are in danger: Shoot them dead,” Duterte said.

Duterte said the government’s orders needed to be followed and the country needed to maintain order.

On Friday, Duterte reiterated his point in another TV address, telling the nation that without strong restrictions, the pandemic would not end.

“So if you don’t want to follow, then I will finish you to protect the lives of the innocent who don’t want to die,” he said.

The man killed was the first reported case of someone being shot dead for not following coronavirus lockdown rules in the Philippines.

As of April 5, the Philippines had 3,246 confirmed cases of COVID-10, with 152 deaths.


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