Coronavirus: Filipino Darth Vader finds lack of faith in lockdown disturbing

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Hind Al Soulia - Riyadh - Stay inside you will: officials ensure villagers spend Star Wars Day safe in their homes

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May 4, 2020

May 4, 2020

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Dressed as Star Wars characters, local officials in the Philippines are out to enforce strict quarantine measures while handing out relief packages.

With Darth Vader and stormtrooper outfits made from rubber mats and old plastic, the youth leaders catch the attention of villagers on the outskirts of Manila, who are then reminded to stay indoors.

"We tell off residents who still go outdoors without the proper quarantine passes needed and also those who do not wear face masks," Muriel Baldago, an elected official dressed in an imperial stormtrooper costume, told Reuters.

"We make sure the government guidelines are properly followed."

A village officer dressed as the Star Wars character Darth Vader rides a small boat in Malabon, Metro Manila, Philippines. Reuters
A village officer dressed as the Star Wars character Darth Vader rides a small boat in Malabon, Metro Manila, Philippines. Reuters

His costume is greeted with smiles and offers villagers a little distraction from the outbreak, he added.

On May 4, also known as Star Wars Day ("May the 4th be with you"), government workers in costume also rode small wooden boats to distribute relief packs containing rice and canned goods in a nearby coastal neighbourhood.

The Philippines, whose capital and main cities are under strict quarantine protocols until mid-May, had 9,485 confirmed coronavirus cases, 623 deaths and 1,315 recoveries as of Monday, government figures showed.

Updated: May 5, 2020 03:02 AM

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