Let police, military enforce quarantine rules -- Dela Rosa

SENATOR Ronald "Bato" dela Rosa on Tuesday expressed support for President Rodrigo Duterte’s plan to tap police and military forces in the implementation of quarantine rules.

Dela Rosa in a statement said state forces are “well-organized” and “better equipped” to implement quarantine rules.

“All other governments in the world are relying on their police and military in enforcing quarantine protocols because they are well-organized, better equipped, and quickly deployable,” Dela Rosa said.

President Duterte on Monday night stressed the possibility of tapping the military to enforce community quarantine should the public continue to disregard health protocols and restrictions enforced by the government to curb the spread of the virus.

Duterte previously said that he would task the military with distributing a coronavirus vaccine to avoid possible issues of corruption.

But critics have branded the government’s response to the pandemic as  “militarist and punitive,” saying that dealing with the crisis should have a health-based approach.

Dela Rosa, an ally of Duterte in the Senate, defended the government’s COVID-19 response.

“Please ask those critics what other approach they can offer. If they have better ideas, then please present it to the government,” Dela Rosa said.

“What we need now is unity not divisiveness; otherwise, we will lose this fight,” he added.