Metropolitan Manila police chief Maj. Gen. Debold Sinas has threatened to arrest people who don't comply with the restrictions. Thousands of police will be deployed and checkpoints will be set up in entryways to metropolitan Manila, he said.
President Rodrigo “Rody” Duterte has approved the recommendation for the declaration of nationwide state of public health emergency as the number of confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19)) in the country has risen to six, two of whom have been classified as local transmission, his spokesman reported on Sunday.
About half the country's roughly 110 million people are currently under quarantine — including millions in deep poverty, left jobless by tough restrictions on movement.
The UN International Criminal Court (ICC) is determined to pursue its investigation of the alleged crimes against humanity filed against President Rodrigo “Rody” Duterte over the killings that arose from his bloody and violent war on illegal drugs.
President Rodrigo “Rody” Duterte admitted he was having difficulty in choosing a new chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP) as he revealed he could have been “blindsided” by his allies in his appointment of a senior officer accused of allegedly coddling “ninja” cops or those recycling illegal drugs seized in raids for resale to the public.
"I have to go back to work," said Steven John Cabusao, who walked several kilometres on his first day of work after being confined to his home for 11 weeks.
In an expletives-laden statement he issued in a taped and televised message aired nationwide, Duterte also warned he would impose martial law if the communist rebels failed to stop their attacks on soldiers and policemen protecting government personnel in giving cash and other assistance like food to poor families especially in remote areas throughout the country.
Nations like France and South Korea began resuming face-to-face classes as they got their outbreaks under control, but Philippine authorities see the risk as too great. President Rodrigo Duterte said last month that even if students could not graduate, they needed to stay out of school to fight the spread of the disease.
The government tightened restrictions in Manila and several provinces and cities this week. Unvaccinated people among the capital's 13 million people were ordered to stay home, after infection numbers tripled in the last two days.