Manila – The president of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, said he would imprison regional officials, village heads and police officials who failed to prevent the Corona virus (COVID-19) superspreader event in clear violation of health protocols.
As reported by the Associated Press and local media manilastandart.net, Thursday (27/5/2021), this harsh comment was delivered by Duterte in response to the rise of pool parties, drinking events and picnics earlier this month at at least three tourist resorts, which ended in tens. positive person Corona.
In his speech on Wednesday (26/5) evening local time, Duterte even ordered the Philippine National Police to arrest, detain and charge charges against village heads who failed to prevent the Corona superspreader event.
Duterte also warned police officials as well as regional heads who were unable to enforce the Corona lockdown rules in their respective regions.
“To our police, you get a notification: the first person to be arrested is the barangay captain (village head) as a powerful person,” said Duterte.
“If another superspreader event occurs after tonight, arrest the barangay captain for negligence of duty and failure to enforce the rule of law under the revised criminal law. The first person on the police list must be the barangay captain,” he said.
This directive was conveyed by Duterte after the Minister of the Interior of the Philippines, Eduardo Ano, reported that there were three Corona superspreader events in Caloocan City, Quezon City and Bulacan.
About 20 guests at Gubat sa Ciudad Resort, Caloocan City, have tested positive for Corona. Local authorities are still tracking another 2,000 people because the contact tracing data at the resort was not filled in properly.
About 54 other people who attended the event at Barangay Nagkaisang Nayon, Quezon City, also tested positive for Corona. Meanwhile, in Norzagaray, Bulacan, at least 2,000 people were reported to have gathered at an event on the Bakas River.
Furthermore, Duterte, who is known for his tough approach to crime, asked the police to carry wooden sticks as “permanent equipment” so that offenders, including the village head, who refused to be arrested, could be beaten in the hands and feet of course with “reasonable force”.
Finally, he warned that both police officials and police personnel who had doubts about making arrests could be prosecuted for negligence.
“I hate doing this but you forced me to do it. Remember, I am not asking for any help from you. It is your duty, if there is a violation of the law or something that harms society, do something or I will get you arrested,” he warned.