Robredo on quarantine: 'masyado nangingibabaw ang public order and safety, na dapat supportive lang sa health concern'

Vice President Leni Robredo / photo from GMA News

Vice President Leni Robredo on Sunday said that government is giving too much priority on public order and safety instead of focusing more on health concerns as the community quarantine came into effect in an effort to reduce the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

“Ngayon kasi, parang nangingibabaw ulit 'yung public order and safety na dapat sana supportive lang siya sa health concern,” Robredo said in her weekend radio program.

“Sana hindi grabe ‘yung focus sa military, sa kapulisan kasi ito, health concern ito,” she added.

President Rodrigo Duterte has announced on Thursday night that National Capital Region (NRC) will be placed under community quarantine to combat the spread of COVID-19. The military and police were tasked to implement the guidelines.

Reportedly, there were around 200 checkpoints set up in different areas in Metro Manila. In NCR, around 2,000 police personnel manned the checkpoints.

The vice president also suggested the creation of sub-committee in the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) to focus on the areas affected by the quarantine.

Malacanang on Sunday explained the presence of military in checkpoints and stressed that government needs the “manpower” to implement the community quarantine.

“Talagang kailangan natin ang militar kasi kailangan natin ng manpower. Hindi kaya ng mga baranggay ang pagpapatupad nito. Kailangan ng kooperasyon ng bawat ahensiya ng gobyerno,” Presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo said

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