Robredo: Quarantine is health concern, not military or police

Published March 16, 2020, 12:00 AM

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By Raymund Antonio

Government efforts should be more focused on health concerns of Filipinos rather than the public order and safety in the community quarantine that is in effect in Metro Manila, Vice President Leni Robredo said.

Vice-President Leni Robredo (OVP / Facebook / MANILA BULLETIN)
Vice-President Leni Robredo (OVP / Facebook / MANILA BULLETIN)

Robredo, a lawyer, noted too much attention has been given to police and military to monitor the movement of people in and out of capital region amid the cononavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak.

“Kasi ngayon, parang nangingibaw ulit iyong public order and safety, na dapat sana supportive lang siya sa health concern,” she said on her weekly radio show.

(Because the public order and safety is now more prevalent, that it should only be supportive of health concern.)

“So sana hindi masyadong grabe iyong focus sa militar, sa kapulisan, kasi health concern ito,” Robredo stressed.

(So I hope the military and police are not given much attention, because this is a health concern.)

Metro Manila is under a community quarantine from March 15 to April 14 to prevent the spread of the COVID-19.

All persons going in and out of Metro Manila are being checked for signs and symptoms of the deadly disease at police and military checkpoints across the region.

Some 2,500 military troops and 2,000 police personnel have been deployed to the man the borders at checkpoints.

Robredo reminded authorities not to cause public fear during the health crisis.

“Saka puwedeng pigilan na pumasok sa dapat hindi puntahan, puwedeng pigilan na lumabas pero hindi dapat arestuhin kung wala namang ginagawang kasalanan,” she said.

(People can be prevented from coming in and out of areas they are not allowed, but they can’t be arrested if they have not done anything wrong.)