Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 26) — Vice President Leni Robredo on Sunday expressed horror over the circulating images of stranded Filipinos crammed contained in the Rizal Memorial Sports activities Complicated in Manila.
Hundreds of regionally stranded people, largely from the Visayas and Mindanao, had been initially scheduled to return to their respective provinces over the weekend by means of the government-initiated “Hatid Tulong” program.
However for Robredo, the images, which ultimately went viral, confirmed that the federal government had no organized method of accommodating the stranded Filipinos. As seen within the images, no bodily distancing was imposed and never everybody was sporting face masks.
“Are these footage actual? If they’re, disgrace on us,” she mentioned in her Fb publish.
The Division of Inside and Native Authorities earlier mentioned that greater than 8,000 LSIs had been supposed to go away Metro Manila on July 25 and 26.
“Nakailang linggo na tayong nagdidiscuss nito, na parati nating hinihingi na pagbibigay pa lang ng short-term shelters sa mga LSIs, dapat organisado na. Ngayon kasi, halo-halo, walang sistema,” she mentioned in her Sunday radio present later within the day.
[Translation: We’ve been discussing this for weeks, we’ve been asking the government to implement an organized system of providing temporary shelters for the LSIs. Because now, it’s really mixed. There is no system being imposed.]
The Vice President really helpful that authorities rides must be scheduled by provinces or areas, and registration should include a finalized schedule of the LSIs’ journeys and COVID-19 checks beforehand.
Robredo additionally mentioned that the federal government ought to have discovered its lesson by now, as resorting to speedy checks for returning LSIs will not be dependable on a regular basis.
For now, the federal government mentioned that LSIs solely needed to bear speedy checks — diagnostic instruments that produce fast however presumably inaccurate outcomes — earlier than going again to their respective hometowns.
With the RT-PCR checks, swabs of samples taken from the nostril and throat are examined to seek out out whether or not an individual has the coronavirus. It’s thought-about by well being consultants because the “gold normal” in confirmatory testing.
However because of the scarcity of swab check kits, returning LSIs solely wanted to get a medical certificates stating that they’ve accomplished the 14-day quarantine. They had been solely required to bear RT-PCR testing as soon as they arrived of their hometowns.
Robredo mentioned she had already written to COVID-19 Chief Implementer Secretary Carlito Galvez concerning her suggestions on testing, however has not but acquired a response till now.
“I’m all for serving to regionally stranded passengers per dwelling to their locations. However allow us to do it proper please,” she added.
Sinas defends cops taking part in music in crowded Rizal stadium
As if the packed crowd on the Rizal stadium was not sufficient, a video of policemen who had been seemingly organized as an orchestra and taking part in music for the LSIs has additionally caught public backlash on-line.
Photojournalist Eloisa Lopez from Reuters captured on Saturday a video of policemen, gathered as a band, taking part in Rey Valera’s “Kung Kailangan Mo Ako” in the course of the stranded Filipinos seated collectively.
“Habang nagpipila ka, might music ka na soothing to the ears,” Metro Manila Police chief Debold Sinas mentioned Sunday in a press briefing, defending the policemen’s gesture.
“Ang goal talaga namin doon ay para mabigyan ng ibang leisure…to ease up yung stress, to ease up yung init,” he mentioned.
[Translation: While you line up, you have a music that’s soothing to the ears. Our purpose for that is to give the people entertainment…to ease up the tension, the heat.]