An armed man evaded quarantine checkpoint and was killed after he exchanged fires with police in San Ildefonso, Bulacan.
According to acting Bulacan police director Col. Lawrence Cajipe, the suspect was driving a motorcycle and evaded a quarantine checkpoint in the town’s Barangay Maasim.
The quick reaction team (QRT) of local police chases the unidentified suspect who tried to pull him over in Barangay Poblacion.
The man fired shots at the QRT and continued to flee toward Barangay Sumandig.
The QRT pursued the suspect until they cornered him in Barangay Putol. There the suspect exchanged gunfire with the police until he was eventually neutralized around 2:20 a.m.
Man evades quarantine checkpoint, killed in ‘shootout’
Authorities recovered a caliber .45 pistol and a blue Rusi motorcycle with no license plate at the crime scene.
Meanwhile, DILG spokesman Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya clarified that police should directly follow the orders of President Rodrigo Duterte and the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
This was after Malaya received reports that LGU officials are giving orders, which contradicts the orders of the President and the IATF.
“They should get their orders from the President and not from LGUs. They are national government employees and not employees of LGUs,” he said.
Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra earlier said violators of the enhanced community quarantine imposed by the government might be arrested and penalized.