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'Shoot them dead': Duterte orders troops to kill quarantine violators

Facing unrest from Filipinos running out of resources, President Rodrigo Duterte orders police and soldiers to "shoot" residents causing "trouble" during the government's lockdown put in place to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus.

"I will not hesitate. My orders are sa pulis pati military, pati mga barangay na pagka ginulo at nagkaroon ng okasyon na lumaban at ang buhay ninyo ay nalagay sa alanganin, shoot them dead," he said.
"Naintindihan ninyo? Patay. Eh kaysa mag-gulo kayo diyan, eh 'di ilibing ko na kayo," he added.
(I will not hesitate. My orders are to the police and military, also the barangay, that if there is trouble or the situation arises that people fight and your lives are on the line, shoot them dead. Do you understand? Dead. Instead of causing trouble, I'll send you to the grave.)
Full story at Rappler.com.

Whatever happened to "Thou shalt not kill"?

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has warned that people who break quarantine and are "unruly" could be shot by law enforcement officers. https://t.co/VTxsFmVyQc

What you need to know

  • There are more than 1 million cases of coronavirus globally, according to Johns Hopkins University. 
  • The US has reported more than 243,000 cases, with more than 5,900 deaths. 6.6 million people in the US filed for unemployment last week — the highest number of initial claims in history. 
  • US federal stockpiles of emergency medical gear are almost depleted. 
  • Italy, Germany and Pakistan have prolonged their lockdowns.

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