VP calls for ‘humane approach’ in quarantine enforcement

Published April 28, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Raymund Antonio

Vice President Leni Robredo on Tuesday urged the police and military not to resort to violence when enforcing the enhanced community quarantine rules.

Vice President Leni Robredo (OVP / MANILA BULLETIN)

Vice President Leni Robredo

Robredo, in a public address aired over her Facebook page, said that uniformed personnel must be “calm and humane” in going after ECQ violators.

“Sa unipormadong hanay: Maging mahinahon tayo sa pagpapaalala sa mga patakaran ng social distancing. Virus ang kalaban natin, at hindi ang ating kapwa Pilipino,” she said in a videotaped message.

(To the uniformed personnel: Be calm in reminding the public the rules on social distancing. Virus is the enemy, and not our fellow Filipinos.)

“Maging makatao sana tayo sa pagpapatupad ng anumang atas o tungkulin (I hope we will be humane in carrying out any tasks or duties),” she stressed.

The vice president made the appeal a day after a police officer tried to arrest a Spanish national in his own home in Dasmarinas Village in Makati City.

The foreigner engaged in a heated confrontation with the policemen over his housemaid’s failure to wear face mask while watering the plants in his residence.

Before this incident, former soldier Winston Ragos, believed to be a quarantine violator, was shot dead by Police Master Sergeant Daniel Florendo, Jr. near a checkpoint in Quezon City.

While she called for a humane approach in enforcing ECQ rules, Robredo reminded the public to stay at home and comply with the quarantine measures.

“Binibigkis tayo ng iisang layunin: Ayaw nating may magdusa o mamatay, nang dahil man sa COVID-19, o nang dahil sa kahirapan. Iisa ang batayang kaisipan ng lahat ng ating pagkilos: Ang mabuhay,” she said.

(We are being bonded by the same objective: We don’t want to suffer or die, because of COVID-19, or poverty. We share the same beliefs in all of our actions: To live.)