‘Be strict, but practice empathy,’ VP reminds enforcers

Published May 4, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin


By Raymund Antonio

While recognizing the need to strictly enforce the quarantine rules, Vice President Leni Robredo reminded the men in uniform to practice empathy in performing their duties.

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

“Kailangan lang i-remind iyong nag-i-implement bakit ba tayo mayroon mga ganitong regulasyon. Mayroon kasi tayong gustong i-protect na buhay, buhay natin, buhay ng bawa’t isa,” she said in an interview on Instagram last weekend.

(We only have to remind those who are implementing these rules why we have these regulations. It is because we want to protect lives, our lives, and the lives of everyone.)

She stressed it was “unacceptable” when somebody dies while soldiers or police officers are expected to be protecting people’s lives while enforcing the enhanced community quarantine regulations.

“Parati sigurong i-remind bakit ba natin ito ginagawa. I’m sure mas magiging tolerant, iyong empathy mas malaki,” Robredo said.

(Let us always remind them on why we are doing this. I’m sure they will be more tolerant, their empathy will grow.)

Robredo issued the reminder to those who are enforcing the quarantine rules after the series of violent incidents involving reported quarantine violators in Metro Manila.

A commotion ensued between a Spanish national and a Makati City policeman last month after the latter called the attention of a housemaid who was seen not wearing a face mask in the front yard of a home.

Prior to this, Police Master Sergeant Daniel Florendo, Jr. shot dead Winston Ragos, a retired army corporal who was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, for supposedly breaking quarantine rules in Quezon City.

Robredo said that law enforcers should allow for some flexibility when implementing the quarantine measures. She noted some Filipinos may have different reasons for not being able to follow quarantine rules. She said there are those who need to buy medicines or essential supplies for their families.

“We have countrymen who are really hard-headed, but flexibility at a time like this is needed,” Robredo said.