PAMPANGA

10,000 Central Luzon cops out to guard checkpoints

PAMPANGA. Vehicles going to and out of the NLEx in Pampanga find themselves in a long line after checkpoints have been established by police. (Chris Navarro)

ALMOST 10,000 policemen are deployed all over Central Luzon to implement quarantine checkpoints along borders and boundaries of each province in the region in a bid to prevent the wide spread of coronavirus disease (Covid-19).

This was in compliance with President Rodrigo Duterte's directive to place the entire Luzon island under enhanced community quarantine.

Police Regional Office-Central Luzon Brigadier General Rhodel Sermonia said the deployed policemen are tasked to man the control points and carry thermal scanner guns to check if those who wanted to go in or out of the borders of each province are showing flu-like symptoms.

Sermonia asked for the public's cooperation, as strict implementation of all the directives of the national government for the entire duration of the enhanced community quarantine is being carried out.

He said failure to abide by the foregoing guidelines and measures shall be subjected to appropriate action, both criminal and administrative, in accordance with relevant laws and regulations.

He said unity among Filipinos is a must nowadays to be able to able to combat the highly contagious and deadly disease.

"It is definitely an inconvenience to all of us but we are doing this for the safety and protection of every one. I have directed our personnel to always uphold the law and respect for human rights must be observed at all times," Sermonia added.

Since the declaration, the top cop of Central Luzon, together with his command group, is relentlessly conducting inspection in all established control points to ensure proper implementation.


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