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Anti-poor pandemic policies? Woman washes clothes ‘outside’ and gets earful from barangay officials; netizens, celebs react

Are local authorities taking it too far in trying to enforce the IATF’s pandemic protocols?

A video making the rounds on Twitter recently that has netizens riled up.

It shows a woman having a bit of a shouting match with barangay authorities as she was in the middle of washing clothes.

An article from ABS-CBN says the woman in the video is Dina Magpayo, a resident of Duhat compound in Brgy. Marcelo Green, Paranaque City.

She was caught not wearing a face mask while washing clothes outside her home by barangay authorities and was subsequently meted a P1,000 fine.

Magpayo, however, insists she did not need to wear a face mask as she was still within the boundaries of her home. She also said she could not possibly wash her family’s clothes inside their small home.

Barangay officials then threatened to summon her to the barangay hall in three days for “resisting arrest”.

Parañaque Mayor Edwin Olivarez has said he will have someone look into the matter.

Netizens didn’t take kindly to the authority’s actions—especially when they insisted on bringing the lady for questioning to the barangay hall.

ABS-CBN journalist and lawyer Mike Navallo has also expressed concern with the actions of Brgy. Marcelo Green’s officials. He “asked” his followers if there is a legal basis to impose fines for not wearing a face mask and if the area outside your doorstep counts as a part of one’s home.

Perhaps the biggest criticism people have for the latest in COVID-19 policy debacles: the looming promotion of the chief of Metro Manila’s police force, General Debold Sinas, a fact that a lot of netizens have brought to light—including Kapamilya actress Agot Isidro.

This is just the latest in abuses of authority that have happened during the six-month nationwide quarantine. In July, President Rodrigo Duterte virtually ordered the Philippine National Police to arrest quarantine violators—specifically those who do not wear face masks while in public.

He did, however, express concern that not all people would be able to afford to buy face masks for daily use. He said he will find a way to give away free face masks but asks that “if you receive one, make sure you wear it.”

This was also the same time when the President recommended the use of gasoline to disinfect used face masks.

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