House committee on dangerous drugs chair Robert Ace Barbers has urged authorities to conduct thorough searches on all vehicles daringly violating the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Sociologist Randy David believes the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) should be loosened after April 30 as the government improves its capability to test for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
With three ex-generals at the helm of President Rodrigo Duterte’s response to the pandemic, it’s no surprise that the National Task Force COVID-19 is in full war mode against an unseen but deadly enemy which knows no borders.
President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the Philippine National Police (PNP) to “strictly impose” the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) guidelines following the sudden increase in the number of vehicles on EDSA despite Luzon’s extended lockdown.
The government will launch today a RapidPass system to accelerate the checking of vehicles at checkpoints, according to Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles.
The Joint Task Force Corona Virus Shield (JTF CV Shield) on Tuesday reminded all police units to ensure that no barangay checkpoints would be set up along national highways and provincial roads across the country.
Presidential adviser on entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion said President Rodrigo Duterte was open to reducing the virus lockdown from the entire Luzon island to the barangay level.
House committee on ways and means chair Joey Salceda has appealed to the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infections Diseases (IATF) to rationalize the checkpoints to prevent road congestion and protect food security.
President Rodrigo Duterte is urging all farm traders to be more aggressive in fighting back against any extortion activities at police and military checkpoints.
Expect more checkpoints and searches in the coming days, in the wake of the bombing that killed at least 14 at a night market in Davao City last Sept. 2.