President Rodrigo Duterte has denied giving the police and military authorities a “shoot-to-kill” order against people refusing to follow the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ), amid a lockdown order due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.
“I never said in public ‘shoot-to-kill.’ Period,” Duterte said in a public address Friday evening.
Duterte, however, told the public to go with the police when they are arrested in connection with the government’s implementation of measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the country.
“Pag-inaresto ka ng pulis, sumama ka. Dalhin ka sa istasyon for blotter and investigation,” Duterte said.
“Ang batas nagsabi kung ito mag resist kailangan ang pulis must overcome,” he added.
Duterte reiterated his remarks that the authorities may shoot, even kill, if their lives are placed in danger while trying to make the arrest.
But, Duterte said police officers and soldiers would only resort to strict measures if their lives are threatened.
“‘Pag lumaban ka, ‘pag inilagay mo sa delikado ang buhay ng pulis, barilin mo, patayin mo. ‘Yan ang batas (If you resist, if you put the lives of police officers in danger, shoot them, kill them. That’s the law.),” said Duterte.
Duterte added, “I do not have the obligation to lie to you.”
On Wednesday night, Duterte issued a warning against leftist groups and violators of the government-imposed lockdown.
“My orders are sa pulis pati military, pati mga barangay na pagka ginulo at nagkaroon ng okasyon na lumaban at ang buhay ninyo ay nalagay sa alanganin, shoot them dead. Naintindihan ninyo? Patay. Eh kaysa mag-gulo kayo diyan, eh ‘di ilibing ko na kayo. Ah ‘yung libing, akin ‘yan. Huwag ninyo subukan ang gobyerno kasi itong gobyerno na ito hindi inutil,” he had said./Stacy Ang