Rannie Ludovica, the head of Quezon City’s Task Force Disiplina (“discipline”) yesterday blamed news site Rappler for allegedly spreading “malicious information” after it ran a report about him threatening to shoot quarantine violators.
On the eve of Metro Manila’s return to the stricter modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ), Ludovica wrote in a now-deleted post that he wants to “shoot to kill those who will violate [the] MECQ.”
The task force chief did not deny that he posted the deleted threat, but in a statement issued last night said that his “personal” post does not reflect his work.
Yep, apparently threatening to shoot people in your line of work is personal.
“To clarify, no such policy exists in the Local Government of Quezon City. My personal Facebook post was the sole basis of Rappler, which spread [the] malicious information to make it appear that this is a formal order from the city government,” he said in English and Filipino.
Sounds like a perfectly valid explanation for such a violent statement…not.
Rappler did not allege that Ludovica’s call for shooting people was a rule in Quezon City, but merely used the word “policy” in its report, which isn’t unfounded considering Ludovica is chief of the task force.
Instead of apologizing for his admittedly anger-fueled slip-up, Ludovica justified the threat by saying he was doing it for frontliners.
“The said personal Facebook post was borne out of my dismay from a return to GCQ [general community quarantine] to MECQ. The number of COVID-19 cases continue to increase in the city and the whole country because of a lack of discipline amongst many of our countrymen, and for violations of the law,” the official explained.
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Ludovica then compared himself to a frontliner who “works 24 hours” in the people’s service to fight the pandemic. He asked for Quezon City residents’ cooperation by following quarantine rules and didn’t threaten to shoot them this time around.
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