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Journalists blast Quezon City official for ‘shoot to kill’ comment about MECQ violators

Journalists did not like Ludovica’s comments and blasted the official.

Quezon City Task Force Disiplina head Rannie Ludovica has come under fire for his recent comments about how modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) violators will be handled.

It was on August 3 when Ludovica went on Facebook and said that MECQ violators will be shot and killed.

“Mula bukas shoot to kill na ang lalabag sa MECQ,” said Ludovica.

Journalists did not like Ludovica’s comments and blasted the official.

Bianca Dava wants him fired because prior to the controversy, he also alluded to having violators killed in a different post.

Ludovica also attacked Rappler for reporting about him. Ludovica said that he used his personal account when he made the remarks and shouldn’t be an extension of the local government’s orders. But he has used his account in the past for official announcements, calls for cooperation from the public, and updates on his engagement as an official of Quezon City.

Quezon City mayor Joy Belmonte was also criticized for rationalizing Ludovica’s remarks.

Ludovica never really apologized but instead defended himself saying his comment was merely “personal.”

Rappler’s own Bea Cupin says officials shouldn’t blame the media for reporting what they’ve done, because it is their job to do so.

Cupin thinks Ludovica should be ashamed of himself.

Ludovica, a former councilor, heads the Task Force Disiplina of Quezon City, a group that is supposed to be force multipliers of both social workers and police personnel.

The civilian force enforces and maintains quarantine rules within neighborhoods. This was the same group of people who ganged up on fish vendor Michael Rubuia for failing to wear a face mask.

In his statement on August 4, Ludovica said that there is no policy that prohibits the shooting of lockdown violators and that his comment stemmed from his frustration with the surging coronavirus cases.

“The number of COVID-19 positive cases continue to rise in the city and the whole country because of the absence of discipline for most of our people and their violation of the law,” he said in his statement.

President Rodrigo Duterte has recommended before that violators be shot and killed if necessary.

“My orders to the police and military … if there is trouble or the situation arises where your life is on the line, shoot them dead,

“Understand? Dead. I’ll send you to the grave. … Don’t test the government.” he said during an impromptu national address last April 1.

Written by Charles Teves

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