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PH government’s double standards slammed by netizens after police force anti-terror law protesters to leave

Netizens did not like this, and called out the government’s double standards since this followed the fake white sand beach opening at the Manila Baywalk, where the authorities initially failed to prevent overcrowding.

Protesters who support the petitioners of the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020 were dispersed by police on Monday for allegedly violating social distancing guidelines.

The protesters were gathered outside the Supreme Court (SC) until authorities came in and asked them to leave. They later held a short program that wasn’t met with any resistance.

Atty. Virginia Suarez, who is the legal counsel of the 27 women petitioners against the law, said that the protesters’ “tarpaulins were taken and were forced to leave.”

She added that the protesters were actually practicing physical distancing, but “the police confiscated the tarp at pinapaalis kaya nagkagulo. But it ended well naman.”

But the new police commander for Ermita in Manila, Lt. Col. Alex Daniel, said that the petitioners “all of a sudden held a rally. They were close to each other. There was violation of social distancing.”

He noted that some weren’t wearing any face shields. Daniel pointed out that the holding of rallies wasn’t allowed at the onset of the nationwide lockdown.

“Actually we have long been strict. Only sometimes, like in the Baywalk, it was sudden and action was delayed due to the surge of people but all groupings here in Manila are acted upon by the police,” Daniel said.

Netizens did not like this, and called out the government’s double standards since this followed the fake white sand beach opening at the Manila Baywalk, where the authorities initially failed to prevent overcrowding.

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A netizen also gave a reminder that jeepney drivers were previously arrested for protesting against the temporary jeepney ban, but those who attended the white sand beach opening did not get punished even after they clearly violated physical distancing protocols.


Written by JO-EST B. TAN

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