The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has clarified that their “shame campaign” is for quarantine violators and not coronavirus disease (COVID-19) patients.
DILG Usec. for Barangay Affairs Martin Diño said they received voluminous reports and complaints from barangay officials about some residents’ lack of cooperation.
“Apat na buwan na tayo sa COVID, walang tigil sa pag-violate ng wearing of face masks, social distancing (We have been facing the COVID-19 pandemic for four months, but people continue to violate protocols on social distancing and wearing of masks),” he said.
Meanwhile, DILG Spokesperson Usec. Jonathan Malaya said in a text message that it is “better if they [violators] are just penalized rather than shamed. Whatever penalties are provided in the LGU ordinances should be imposed on them.”
“No, it’s not the position of DILG to shame COVID patients. We respect the rights of patients all the time,” he added.
Commission on Human Rights (CHR) Spokesperson Jacqueline de Guia said shaming violators is against human rights. She also said that shaming is against RA 9745 or the Anti-Torture Act and it is considered as a form mental torture.
“Tandaan natin na may dignidad ang bawat isang tao at kahit naman na gusto talaga natin na mawakasan ang problema sa COVID-19, sana gawin ito sa pamamaraan na alinsunod pa rin sa batas. (Let us remember that each person has dignity. Even though we want to curb the COVID-19 problem, we should still do it according to the law). A wrong cannot be corrected by another wrong,” she said. AAC (with reports from Harlene Delgado)
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