Martial law-like quarantine enforcement emphasizes on arrests – PNP chief

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Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Police General Archie Gamboa has said that martial law-like implementation of enhanced community quarantine emphasizes on arresting violators.

This is after President Rodrigo Duterte warned that if people will continue to violate the quarantine, he would ask the military and police to implement the quarantine rules which would be martial law-like. “I’m just asking for your, disiplina, kasi ‘pag ayaw ninyo, ayaw ninyong maniwala magtakeover ang military pati pulis. I am ordering them now to be ready. Ang pulis pati ang military ang magenforce sa social distancing at ‘yang curfew, sila na, parang martial law na rin. Mamili kayo,” President Duterte said in his April 16 address to people.

The PNP chief said that in the current implementation majority of the violators are only being warned. Police General Gamboa said around 96,000 of 130,000 violators were only warned.

“‘Pag sinabing martial law siguro the President would like to emphasize that we would really make some arrests,” General Gamboa told DZMM radio.

“So kung talagang tutuluyan ito, we can charge them of so many violations existing ngayon, Bayanihan Act No. 11332 then meron pa ‘yung Revised Penal Code. Siguro magpakita dapat ang publiko na mag-behave sila para hindi ito matuloy,” the PNP chief said.

“Kasi kung ito ay matutuloy, it will really be full implementation of the law and wala na tayong warning, diretso na tayo sa aresto,” he added.