‘Darth Vader’ enforces coronavirus lockdown in Philippines villages

  • 23 May - 29 May, 2020
  • Mag The Weekly
  • Mag Files

Dressed as Star Wars characters, local officials in the Philippines are out and about to enforce strict quarantine measures while also 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. We make sure the government guidelines are properly followed,” Muriel Baldago, an elected official dressed in a Stormtrooper costume, told Reuters. His get-up is greeted with smiles and offers villagers a little distraction from outbreak, he added. On May 4, also known as Star Wars Day and celebrated worldwide by fans of the franchise, 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 now, has recorded more than 10,000 confirmed coronavirus cases, 704 deaths and 1,842 recoveries as of last week, government figures showed.