By Christina Hermoso
A Catholic Church leader has appealed to the public to cooperate and do their share in the fight against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in the country.
Archdiocese of Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick S. Pabillo urged the public to cooperate by following the safety measures being enforced by authorities such as physical distancing and staying at home.
“I call on everyone to please give our full cooperation to authorities by avoiding unnecessary trips outside the house and observing physical distancing. It will be a big contribution to the efforts being done by concerned agencies in the fight against COVID-19,” Pabillo said over Church-run Radio Veritas.
To date, the Philippine National Police (PNP) has apprehended more than 125,000 violators of the enhanced community quarantine protocols with majority of them violating curfew hours and making unnecessary trips outside the house without the required quarantine pass.
Pabillo, however, stressed that despite the violations, the declaration of Martial Law must not be an option.
“I don’t think that Martial Law is the answer to the crisis. The government must, instead, just channel its efforts towards helping those who are most affected by the ECQ,” the bishop said.
“Solidarity, unity, cooperation, and ensuring that the needs of the weak, the vulnerable, and the poor are met are better options in helping fight the viral disease and not Martial Law,” he added.
The prelate, likewise, appealed to the government to ensure that the medical needs of those who are afflicted with COVID-19 are met as well as for the protection and safety of all frontliners.