Police clarify: No lockdown order in Metro Manila

Third Anne Peralta-Malonzo

THE Philippine National Police (PNP) on Thursday, March 12, denied that an order has been issued for National Capital Region.

“Contrary to some reports circulating in the social media, please be advised that the PNP has not issued any order for a lockdown in the NCR,” Police Major General Benigno Durana Jr. said in a statement.

“It is only the NDRRMC that can issue such an order to address the current public health emergency. Nonetheless, the PNP is continuously enhancing its preparations to address any contingency. We will update you of any development as the need arises,” Durana added.

Durana is the chief of the directorate for police community relations and acting spokesperson.

Speculations about a lockdown in the NCR after a National Police Commission (Napolcom) conference notice was circulated. The document showed the agenda as "lockdown in certain areas in NCR related to Covid-19".

As of Wednesday, the Department of Health (DOH) said there were 49 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the country, majority of whom are in the NCR.

The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases led by the DOH cancelled a supposed press conference in Camp Aguinaldo on Thursday afternoon.

President Rodrigo Duterte, however, is scheduled to make an announcement on Thursday evening. All television and radio stations have been enjoined to broadcast it. (SunStar Philippines)