Lawmakers last week reprimanded the Philippine National Police for their proposal to restrict couples from holding hands or other public displays of affection—PDA—as well as between family members and friends, in a bid to curb the marked spike of Covid19 cases in the past several days.
Puwersa ng Bayaning Atleta Rep. Jericho Nograles said that the police force should instead concentrate their efforts on cleansing their organization of “scalawags and misfits.”
“Physical distancing is a collective effort in the fight against the virus but the men and women of the PNP have bigger fish to fry,” he said in a statement. “The top brass should review their priorities. There are more immediate and pressing matters other than running after couples. The security guards and the barangay tanods are already actively reminding people of physical distancing.”
Gabriela Rep. Arlene Brosas, meanwhile, said that this was an attempt to distract the public from Bloody Sunday raids, in which nine activists were killed.
“Why not stop killing unarmed citizens instead of enforcing another stupid policy?” she said. “They should stop being quack doctors. What Filipinos need are aid, justice and a safe society.”
Nograles as well pointed out the PNP’s involvement in several incidents, among which were Calbayog City Mayor Ronald Aquino’s ambush, which the police claimed was a shootout.
Several weeks prior to that was the shootout between the PNP and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency operatives in Quezon City. Yet another incident which involved the PNP was their shootout with Philippine Army intelligence agents in Sulu last year.
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