The Philippine National Police (PNP) would have no qualms about arresting protesters holding rallies on Independence Day, June 12, who violate government protocols on social distancing amid efforts to stop the spread of Covid-19.
Police are under orders to observe maximum tolerance in dealing with any kind of protest rallies in the country.
But Police Lt. Gen. Guillermo Eleazar, chief of Joint Task Force COVID Shield, said the maximum tolerance is not absolute.
“Just in case, they will gather, they will be approached by the police to appeal to them to disperse. Maximum tolerance is always there but if they would insist and resist and disobey us, that’s a different story,” Eleazar said.
“We would like to advise those who will hold rallies to think twice. Since we have a pandemic and our problem there is that they might be included in the statistics of infection,” said Eleazar.
Eleazar advised that protesters to instead use online platforms to express their sentiments against government to avoid health protocols such as social distancing .
Malacañang on Thursday warned the public against the conduct of outdoor protests amid the implementation of nationwide quarantine restrictions to fight the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19). In a virtual presser aired on state-run PTV-4, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque…Read More