1706MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte has threatened to impose a more drastic measure particularly against violators of the government’s lockdown rules as cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continue to climb in the country.In his late-night address on Thursday (April 16), the President warned of military and police take over if Filipinos continue to break the government’s enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) in an effort to contain the spread of COVID-19.“ (I am just asking for your discipline because if you do not obey, the military and police will take over). I am ordering them now to be ready,” the President said addressing quarantine violators.“ (They will take over like in martial law. You decide),” he added.The President expressed frustration over reports of residents repeatedly violating quarantine rules despite the government’s efforts in providing social relief at this time of crisis.Nearly two weeks before the extended Luzon-wide ECQ is lifted on April 30, President Duterte said he will be compelled to order the government forces to enforce strict social distancing and curfew measures if the number of quarantine violators continue to increase. (I don’t want to do it but if the entire country is compromised because you lack discipline),” he warned.The Chief Executive also directed the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) to investigate the perpetrators of cockfighting and street drinking sessions in Metro Manila amid the ECQ.He threatened to cut government aid to those who would further ignore ECQ measures. “ [You have money for cockfighting. You have money for drinking sessions, so I might as well give the money [to those in need,] ” the President said.“There’s not enough to go around. (Our supply especially of food is getting lower. We have been feeding 18 millione Filipino families for days now],” he concluded.