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Flooded with traffic, policemen resort to random checks

The police at a checkpoint where hundreds of people pass in an hour do not check all the people entering and leaving Metro Manila despite the declared “community quarantine”

Published 4:25 pm, March 15, 2020

Updated 16:25, 15 March 2020

RANDOM CHECKS. Police officers guard the Cavite-Las Pinas border along Zapote Road in Las Pinas as the Metro Manila monthly community quarantine begins March 15, 2020. Photo by Inoue Jaena / Rappler

RANDOM CHECKS. Police officers guard the Cavite-Las Pinas border along Zapote Road in Las Pinas as the Metro Manila monthly community quarantine begins March 15, 2020. Photo by Inoue Jaena / Rappler

MANILA, Philippines – The National Capital Region (NCRPO) police office initially provided for the rigorous closure and protection of entry and exit points inside and outside Metro Manila, in line with the government’s offer to prevent an further spread of the new coronavirus.

But the first morning of the blockade arrives, the police have been overwhelmed by the number of motorists crossing and leaving the country’s most developed and populated region.

There were too many people, but too many policemen with temperature scanners. (WATCH: Traffic piles up on the early morning of the Metro Manila blockade)

A control outpost located along Zapote Road near the border of Las Piñas and Bacoor, Cavite, had to adapt.

They had to randomize their checks and ask fewer questions.

Watch this report by Rappler Rambo Talabong on how it was made. – Rappler.com

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