Philippines’ Duterte warns troublemakers he will order them shot dead Apr 02, 2020 0 520 12345 DPAManilaPhilippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday warned he would order the police and the military to shoot dead anyone “who creates trouble” amid a month-long lockdown to halt the spread of the coronavirus in the country.“Let this be a warning to all - follow the government at this time because it is critical that we have order,” he said in a late-night televised national address. “And do not harm the health workers, the doctors ... because that is a serious crime.” “My orders to the police and the military, if anyone creates trouble, and their lives are in danger: shoot them dead,” he added.Duterte issued the warning after residents of a slum area in Manila’s Quezon City staged a protest along a highway near their shantyhouses, claiming they had not received any food packs and other relief supplies since the lockdown began more than two weeks ago.Village security officers and police urged the residents to go back to their homes, but they refused, a police report said.Police broke up the protest and arrested 20 people, the report added.Jocy Lopez, 47, who led the group of residents, said they were forced to stage the protest because their families were going hungry amid the community quarantine imposed to halt the spread of the new coronavirus in the country.“We are here to call for help because of hunger,” she said before she was arrested. “We have not been given food, rice, groceries or cash. We have no work. Who do we turn to?” Activist groups condemned the arrest and urged the government to fast-track the release of cash assistance promised under a $4-billion social protection programme to help poor families and those who lost work amid the lockdown.“Using excessive force and detention will not quell the empty stomachs of Filipinos who up to this day remain denied of the promised ... cash aid for the poor,” warned women’s rights group Gabriela. Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES India turns rail cars, stadiums into Covid-19 isolation wards, jails Apr 02, 2020 0 683 China reports 1,300 asymptomatic virus cases after public concern Apr 02, 2020 0 512 India sends medical gear to Serbia amid shortages at home Apr 02, 2020 0 121 Malaysia makes massive seizure of pangolin scales Kuala Lumpur Malaysian authorities seized about six tonnes of pangolin scales and smashed a smuggling syndicate, officials said on Wednesday, as the country clamps down on rampant wildlife trafficking. The pangolin, .. Japan expands ban on visitors as virus cases climb AFP Tokyo Japan will bar visitors from the United States, China and most of Europe, the prime minister said Wednesday, as the country seeks to stem a recent rise in coronavirus cases. The entry ban, which will also apply to .. NZ police urge virus-testing tent thieves to get tested Wellington Hapless thieves who stole a coronavirus testing tent in New Zealand have put themselves at risk of contracting the virus and should get tested, police have warned. The tent was stolen from outside an Auckland .. Man found dead on Thai train tests positive for COVID-19 AFP Bangkok A man found dead on a passenger train in Thailand has tested positive for the coronavirus, officials said Wednesday, as the country’s death toll from the contagion more than triples from a week ago. The 57 year .. Sri Lanka seizes record $65 million worth of drugs Colombo Sri Lanka’s navy has seized $65 million worth of crystal methamphetamine and ketamine in the country’s biggest drugs bust, officials said Wednesday. Acting on a tip-off, authorities raided a flagless vessel in ..