MANILA, Philippines — More than 700 members of the Philippine National Police Special Action Force (PNP-SAF) have been deployed to man the streets of Navotas City for the duration of the 14-day lockdown.
The entire city has been placed under hard lockdown from July 16 up to July 29 due to the surge of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases in the city.
Based on the latest report provided by Joint Task Force COVID Shield Commander PMGen. Guillermo Eleazar, a total of 778 SAF troopers were sent to Navotas City to facilitate the strict implementation of stay-at-home measures.
Mayor Toby Tiangco said such a move by the PNP is needed to contain the spread of the virus.
“Kung hindi naman matigas ang ulo ng tao ay hindi kailangan ng pulis (If the people were not stubborn, we wouldn’t need the police for this),” Eleazar said.
At present, arriving COVID-19 patients are being sent to national isolation facilities as the city’s isolation facility is already full.
To date, there are a total of 1,097 positive cases recorded in the city, 645 of which are active cases.
Tiangco said, local police authorities will not only arrest quarantine violators but also parents of children who are roaming around during lockdown.
“Hindi talaga hihinto ito kung hindi naman natin ihihinto ang unnecessary movement o hindi kailangang paggalaw ng tao, (This [pandemic] will not end if we will not stop doing unnecessary movement),” he said.
Residents of Navotas City are given a schedule as to when they will be allowed to go out to access essential goods and services.
Mayor Tiangco warned of charging violators in court if caught for repeated offenses. MNP (with details from Rey Pelayo)