If you think your coronavirus lockdown sucks at least you won’t get shot dead for breaking lockdown rules. In the Philippines, like most of the world, the country is under strict lockdown to stop the spread of the coronavirus. However, many in the slums of Manila took to the streets to protest the lack of supplies on Wednesday, reports CBS News. The protestors were mad they did not receive any food supplies in two weeks. This caused a clash between them and the cops which resulted in 20 protestors being arrested.
The local government disputed that supplies were not given out.
So later that night, President Rodrigo Duterte did what Duterte is known for and issued a threat. He took to the airwaves and told his citizens that any resistance to the lockdown could be matched with bullets.
“I will not hesitate. My orders are to the police and military, as well as village officials, if there is any trouble, or occasions where there’s a violence and your lives are in danger, shoot them dead,” Duterte said. “Do not intimidate the government. Do not challenge the government. You will lose.”
The Philippines has a total of 2,633 confirmed cases which is low compared to other countries. This is due to the lockdown but there are fears that the numbers could jump if the lockdown is eased.
“You know we are ready for you. Any trouble, or gunfight, killings. I will not hesitate my soldiers to shoot you,” Duterte continued. “I will not hesitate to order the police to arrest and detain you. Now, if you are detained, I will leave it up to you to find food.”
However, on Thursday, Philippine National Police Chief Archie Gamboa downplayed Duterte’s threat. He said Duterte “overemphasized” the “law in this time of crisis.” He said that officers knew there were no actual orders to kill troublemakers during this time.