By Joseph Almer Pedrajas
The Caloocan City Police will be taking action against the four uniformed personnel caught in a photo backriding on two motorcycles at a market in the city.
Col. Dario Menor, city police chief, said that he will file charges against the said officers for violation of enhanced community quarantine rules, “particularly not observing social distancing.”
Menor said that he is yet to verify if all the personnel in the photo are based in Caloocan Police Station or not, as some of them are still undergoing Public Safety Field Training Program (PSFTP).
“Pinapa-report ko sila ngayon sa office ko, para malaman ko kung ilan sa kanila ang PSFTP, baka kasi may regular PNP na, hindi lang kasi ma-mukhaan, naka mask sila (I asked them to report today, so I can check who among them are under PSFTP. Maybe some are regular PNP but we couldn’t ID them because they were wearing masks),” he told the Manila Bulletin. “Nahuli ko na yung may ari ng isang motor (I already caught the owners of one of the motorcycles).”
The action made by the Caloocan police chief came after a social media user posted on his Twitter a photo of the four uniformed personnel backriding on two motorcycles in Maypajo on Sunday morning.
“That time, nagpapatrol sila sa area. And naninita kapag magkakalapit yung mga tao (That time, they were patrolling the area, calling out people who are not observing social distancing),” Mac Quisay, the uploader of the photo, told the Manila Bulletin when asked what the uniformed personnel were doing.
Quisay’s post has already garnered at least 3,600 retweets and 13,500 likes, as of this writing.
The post received mixed sentiments from social media users, particularly after a health worker from Tungko, Bulacan was flagged down along Commonwealth Avenue for backriding with her brother-in-law.
The driver was even issued a violation receipt with P5,000 fine, but was eventually allowed to continue backriding “since they were already issued violation receipt.”