Will Police Cane “Violators” Over the Head?
While I haven’t posted anything for March until today, I’ve still been keeping track of the local news. OCTA, the “research” group that continues to issue doomsday prophecies in the Philippines, predicts 6,000 daily cases of the coronavirus by the end of March. Those same pseudo-scientists predicted 4,000 daily cases by the end of last December. However, the month of December ended with less than an average of 2,000 daily cases. Now Philippine police order a crackdown on public kissers and other displays of public affection. Philippine Senator Ralph Recto says this order “…borders on the absurd.” I agree.
The Philippine National Police (PNP) is discouraging people from displaying “physical, social, and romantic relationships” in public, citing health protocols amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Hopefully, no kissers, hand holders, or huggers will be caned over the head. That was a previous order given to Philippine police in Metro Manila to discipline those that violated social distancing.
I guess the police will have to take a break from massacres such as the one where nine activists were recently killed in Southern Luzon. They might also choose to abstain from any more shoot outs with local mayors such as Calbayog City Ronaldo Aquino. Five people, including the mayor, lost their lives in that “mistaken encounter.” Another “mistaken encounter” the PNP had with agents from the Philippine drug enforcement agency resulted in four fatalities.
While I’m on a Rant
While I’m on a rant, why in the name of sanity was Roby Alampay on “The Big Story” on NewsOne wearing a full face shield in the studio this past Tuesday night? Along with new co-host,” Gretchen Ho, the news team had on full-face shields while reporting the news. They’re standing far apart from each other. I used to watch the program at eight. I immediately flipped to another channel. This American expat refuses to watch the program while the duo dons those asinine face shields. However, I decided to give the team one more chance. I flipped their program on last night, Wednesday, and the face shields were gone! Someone else must have complained about how ridiculous they looked.
Senior news anchor Rico Hizon, has been taking over the anchor duties on CNN News Night at 6 pm for the past two weeks. Amazingly, Rico is at the main studio, not wearing a face mask or face shield, and doesn’t have a fireplace blazing in the background like Pia Hontiveros who has been missing in action for almost two weeks. Perhaps Hontiveros is on vacation as her Twitter account seems to suggest.
In fact, the reporters that used to broadcast from their homes when Hontiveros was doing the news now are actually out in the field.
Am I singling out woman reporters? Absolutely not. My favorite news anchor on CNN Philippines is Mai Rodriquez along with Rico Hizon. My favorite CNN reporter is Joyce Ilas.
DILG orders crackdown on protocol violators
The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has ordered a crackdown on violators of health and safety protocols on containing the spread of Covid-19 and urged local government units (LGUs) to lead the campaign.
Personnel from the Quezon City Department of Public Order and Safety grabs a violator of health protocols after a brief chase on March 9, 2021. The Health department had attributed the rising number of Covid-19 cases to the low compliance with health policies. PHOTO BY RUY L. MARTINEZ from the Manila Times.
DILG Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya has urged Local Government Units, LGUs, to each pass an ordinance penalizing the violators.
Malaya said the DILG deployed 180 policemen in Pasay City, reportedly experiencing a surge in virus cases, to enforce health and safety protocols to stop Covid-19 from spreading.