Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte ordered police to shoot residents inflicting “trouble” throughout the lockdown aimed toward containing the unfold of coronavirus.
On Wednesday, individuals had been arrested for protesting in opposition to the measures, claiming that they had not acquired ration or different aid provides.
“Remember, you leftists: You are not the government. Do not go around causing trouble and riots because I will order you detained until this COVID-19 [outbreak ends]”, media quoted Duterte as saying.
“I will not hesitate. My orders are to the police and military that if there is trouble or the situation arises that people fight and your lives are on the line, shoot them dead. Do you understand? Dead. Instead of causing trouble, I’ll send you to the grave”, he added.
The Philippines presently have 3,018 instances and 136 deaths from the virus. Rights teams instantly slammed Duterte for his remarks.
“It is deeply alarming that President Duterte has extended a policy of shoot to kill, a devastating hallmark of his presidency, to law enforcement agencies in the community quarantine”, stated the director of the Philippines part of Amnesty International.
Apart from the nationwide well being emergency, Duterte has additionally declared a “war on drugs”. According to a report printed in December, no less than 5,552 individuals have been killed throughout police operations since Duterte got here to workplace in 2016.