By Marjaleen Ramos
Crimes in the Philippines have plummeted by half since the entire Luzon was placed on lockdown due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
Police Lt. Gen. Guillermo Eleazar said the number of crimes decreased by 60 percent in Luzon, while crimes in Metro Manila went down by 59 percent, 13 days after the enhance community quarantine was implemented.
“Itong enhanced community quarantine, may curfew o wala, bawal lumabas ang mga taong di allowed lumabas,” Eleazar, head of Joint Task Force Corona Virus Shield, said in an interview with DZMM Teleradyo.
“During curfew period, the law enforcement agency pwedeng arestuhin na kaagad ‘yan,” the police chief added.
Eleazar said that around 69,000 people have been accosted for violating curfew ordinances as of Tuesday. Of those, 70 percent were given warnings, 25 percent were arrested, and 5 percent were fined.
“Ito ay ginagawa natin hindi para kayo ay pahirapan kundi para kayo ay ma-obliga at tumulong po dito sa ginagawa natin na quarantine,” Eleazar added.
Luzon was placed under an enhanced community quarantine last Monday, March 17, 2020, due to the continuous rise of COVID-19 cases in the country.
As of Tuesday, the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country has reached 1,546. Of those infected, 78 deaths and 42 recoveries were recorded.