The president has warned there will be zero tolerance policy for anyone who breaks the lockdown rules as the number of COVID-19 cases around the world reaches a million. Around 2,633 people in the Philippines have been confirmed of having the infection and 107 people have died. The country has 105 million people and medical officers are concerned that there will be a serious crisis if it continues to spread.
Mr Duterte said: “So once again I’m telling you the seriousness of the problem and that you must listen.
“My orders to the police and military… If there is trouble and there’s an occasion that they fight back and your lives are in danger, shoot them dead.”
“Is that understood?” he added. “Dead. Instead of causing trouble, I will bury you.”
Human Right group Amnesty International has described Duterte’s words “deeply alarming”.
They said: “Deadly, unchecked force should never be referred to as a method to respond to an emergency such as the COVID-19 pandemic.”
The police chief in the Philippines defied Duterte and announced no-one would be shot.
Prior to the President’s announcement, there had been a protest at a slum in Manila where residents said they had not been given enough supplied since the lockdown began.
Around 17 doctors or nurses have already died in the Philippines and another 600 have been in quarantine.
The first person to test positive in the country was a Chinese who travelled from Wuhan, China and Hong Kong.
The controversial president led a drug war which has killed at least 6,000 people since June 2016.
During the country’s drug war, Duterte has urged members of the public to kill criminals and drug addicts.