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Netizens slam police brutality during quarantine

Members of the Manila Police District were caught abusing a man who allegedly violated the enhanced community quarantine regulations by going outside of his home.

  • They were threatening and hitting the man even though he had shown a quarantine pass.
  • Netizens were horrified by the situation.

Manila Police District (MPD) stated that they will investigate a cop threatening and hitting a man who was caught outside of his home amid the enhanced community quarantine in Luzon.

The viral video of the situation reached MPD director Brig. Gen Rolando Miranda and he ordered his staff to study the situation.

“Paiimbestigahan ko ito. Hindi dapat natin daanin sa init ng ulo ang pagpapatupad ng batas,” he said.

In the video filmed by a resident who refused to disclose their identity, a group of policemen can be seen at Muslim Town in Quiapo. They were hitting a resident on the street.

The policemen were also heard cursing and telling people that they will shoot whoever they will see in the streets. Even though the man had a quarantine pass, he was not allowed to pass and the police allegedly started hitting him. One of those involved is Lt. Col. Rey Magdulayo, chief of the Sta. Cruz police station.

Netizens are horrified by the situation. Francis Baraan IV labeled it as “police brutality”.

“We police the police, too! ANG MGA ABUSADONG MGA PULIS, DAPAT RIN IPAPULIS!” he tweeted.

Rappler‘s Maria Ressa said that it is the reason why the government should embrace the principle of human rights.

Other Twitter users have quoted the video and emphasized how wrong the action was.

On March 17, the Philippine government decided to place the entire island of Luzon on an “enhanced community quarantine” in hopes of containing the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

“I have come to the conclusion that stricter measures are necessary. For this reason, pursuant to my powers as President under the Constitution and RA 11332 (Law on Reporting of Communicable Diseases), I am placing the entire mainland of Luzon under quarantine until April 12, 2020,” said President Rodrigo Duterte.

Under new measures, strict quarantine for all households will be implemented, transportation will be suspended, provision for food and “essential health services” will be regulated, based on an earlier memorandum released by Malacañang.

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