A downpour that had gone as quickly as it arrived had formed puddles on the uneven surface of the asphalt on P. del Rosario St.
The road was deserted even though it was barely past 10 p.m., which has been the case after a curfew was imposed since Cebu City was placed on community quarantine more than four months ago to contain the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic.
A passing military truck carrying men in fatigues splashed through the eerie silence and made an abrupt stop across the University of San Carlos main building where several bodies competed for a night’s resting place on the sidewalk.
A man stood up and approached the vehicle as one of its occupants extended small, white containers that resembled food packs.
Then the truck sped off.
Only the street dwellers and a pedestrian on his way home who was forced to take shelter when the rains fell were privy to the whole scene.
Such moments are rarely documented. The public is used to the sight of men and women in uniform manning quarantine control points and stopping motorists.
Their presence can hardly be missed ever since the health crisis began. They help local authorities implement health guidelines and protocol.
Law enforcement agencies and local governments have been doing many other things that the public don’t see because these are not captured on camera or are purposely done away from the public eye.
Yet some citizens are quick to judge and demonize them when they figure in news involving apprehensions of quarantine violators even though they are only doing their job.
Law enforcement agents are people too. They have families waiting for them at home. They have friends who cherish their company. When they take off their uniforms, they’re one of us. And like us, they are vulnerable to the Sars-Cov-2, the virus that causes Covid-19.
Since April this year, 511 police officers in Central Visayas have been infected by the disease. Of the number, 322 have recovered and four have died. But that hasn’t stopped the hundreds deployed in Cebu City from heeding the call of duty.