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Drilon kay Gamboa: ‘Di kriminal mga COVID patient!

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Nababahala si Senador Franklin Drilon sa pahayag ni Philippine National Police chief Gen. Archie Gamboa na ang house-to-house search para sa COVID-19 patients ay parang paghahanap din sa mga kriminal.

Sabi ni Drilon, mali ang pahayag ni Gamboa dahil naghahatid lang ito ng takot at kawalan ng tiwala sa mga tauhan ng gobyerno.

“Such a remark is uncalled for. It does not achieve anything but instill fear rather than trust in law enforcers and in the fight against COVID-19 pandemic,” sabi ni Drilon.

“I would like to caution PNP Chief Gamboa and all other officials to be more circumspect in their choice of words. The individuals afflicted with the virus are not criminals and they should not in any way be viewed as and compared to criminals. That is very wrong,” dagdag nito.

Nauna nang sinabi ni Interior Secretary Eduardo Año na magsasanib puwersa ang kapulisan at local government para hanapin ang mga COVID-19 patient na may mild symptoms para mailipit ang mga ito sa minotoring facility.

“When a person suspected of contracting COVID-19 virus resists efforts to bring them to isolation facilities, what happens? Will there be a surge in ‘nanlaban’ (resisting arrest) cases again similar to thousand cases of nanlaban claims in operation tokhang?” tanong ni Drilon.

“This COVID-19 pandemic is a public health issue and not a simple law and order issue. We must change our frame of mind: the enemy here is the virus, not the people,” diin pa nito.

Naniniwala si Drilon na ang mga taong may mild symptoms ng COVID-19 ay natatakot na lumabas hindi dahil sa sila ay kriminal kundi nangangamba sila na hindi sila makakapagtrabaho at walang maipapakain sa kanilang pamily.

“What we should do is to instill trust and confidence in the campaign against COVID-19. If the government can assure their safety and the welfare of their families, then maybe they will come forward and even volunteer to be placed in isolation facilities,” ani Drilon.

“Rather than to threaten them with such remarks, let’s help them and their families,” wika pa nito. (Dindo Matining)

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