The quarantine has been tough on everyone. For the sake of health regulations, our lives have been brought to a screeching halt. We can’t meet up with our friends or even throw the usual Mother’s Day celebrations. We tell ourselves that, in spite of the mental toll isolation brings, our sacrifices are vital in quelling the pandemic.
Apparently, some members of the Philippine National Police (PNP), our own enforcers of the law, didn’t get the memo. NCR Police Chief Debold Sinas was spotted hosting his birthday party with his fellow mates, complete with a packed buffet line and notable absences of face masks.
The snaps were first posted on the NCRPO’s official page but were taken down after the backlash. However, the Internet already managed to grab the incriminating photos beforehand.
No one is above the law 🤡 🤡 🤡 ———PNP chief Gamboa on NCRPO chief Maj. Gen. Debold Sinas’ May 8 birthday salo-salo:…
When asked if there’s a violation, PNP chief Archie Gamboa said that he doesn’t think there is. Apparently, he trusts Sinas’ claim that social distancing was observed (clearly BS) and that it wasn’t technically a party, just a small salu-salo, which makes it okay, we guess.
Still, Gamboa maintains that ‘no one is above the law’, which, given the recurring theme of top officials disregarding protocols, is pretty hard to believe. And as the government and its defenders blame people for being rulebreakers, we argue that there aren’t exactly a lot of role models to look up to.
Interior Secretary Eduardo Año said it best: officials should practice a little delicadeza. Based on past history, we say ‘good luck’ with that sentiment.