ENRAGED by the hard-headedness of violators of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) in Luzon, President Duterte last Wednesday uttered quite a mouthful in a televised national address.
In fact, the tough-talking Chief Executive from Mindanao even threatened to impose a “martial law-like” lockdown in the area following the continued rise in the number of quarantine violations.
President Duterte told the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to take the lead if people insist on making a mockery of the government-decreed quarantine.
But Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles, a Mindanaoan like Duterte, was quick to clarify that the President’s statement was a “mere warning” to those who would continue to defy the quarantine protocols.
“The President is only trying to emphasize to the people that he also has the ability to ask the AFP and the PNP to help impose orders, if need be. He has that power, so warning lang sa mga violator,” said Nograles.
He said President Duterte would only give soldiers and policemen “a bigger role” in the implementation of the ECQ, which is actually aimed at preventing the spread of the dreaded coronavirus.
The Philippine Constitution provides that the President can declare martial law “in case of invasion or rebellion, when the public safety requires it, according to boyish-looking Nograles.
Thus, the people ought to learn how to behave so that the Chief Executive from Davao City would not have to be forced to take drastic measures just to address the COVID-19 pandemic.
The people, including the ordinary citizens across the country, should give the President and all the “front liners” all the help they need to be able to accomplish their gigantic mission.