PHILIPPINE National Police chief, General Archie Francisco F. Gamboa yesterday came to the defense of President Duterte saying that the Commander-in-Chief merely was just ‘overemphasizing’ the Enhanced Community Quarantine rules when he remarked he will order the police and the military to shoot those who will create trouble amid the national health emergency brought about by the deadly COVID-19 virus.
"Probably the President just overemphasized on implementing the law in this time of crisis," Gamboa, who already had tested negative for the virus told an ANC interview. He also brushed off speculations that police would literally shoot people dead in the wake of President Duterte’s pronouncements.
"Of course not. We see the strong message and all the PNP personnel understood it."
An irked President Duterte warned left-leaning groups against staging demonstrations and riots during this period of national public health emergency.
"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," said the firebrand former Davao City mayor who is known for publicly threatening to kill Enemies of the State including drug traffickers and rogue law enforcers to show he is very serious in his campaign against criminality and corruption.
On Wednesday, agents of the National Capital Region Police Office headed by Major Gen. Debold M. Sinas arrested 20 members of the urban group Kadamay after they illegally held a public assembly in Barangay San Roque along EDSA, Quezon City.
The protesters were identified as members of a group called Kalampag of SAMANA (Samahan ng Magkakapitbahay), also known as Kadamay Group.
Led by the 47-year old Lopez, a resident of Sitio San Roque, EDSA, Q.C., the group assembled along EDSA North in front of Avida Show Room EDSA to demand food supply from the local government unit.
For almost an hour, police requested the protesters to go home and follow the guidelines embodied in the enhanced community quarantine law.
They however refused and argued with members of the Quezon City Police District led by Lieutenant Colonel Rodrigo Soriano triggering the mass arrest.