Philippine government made ways to regulate COVID-19. One of those is through pushing curfew hours in the community. Authorized officials check the streets. They make sure that the people are already in their own houses. Those people who violates, will be placed into punishment.
The Issues in Curfew
Recently, this way of regulating the virus brought issues. Local officials placed the caught violators inside a dog cage. Others sit in the midday sun forcefully as part of the punishment. The Human Rights Watch directs that the abused need a prompt investigation. Those who are responsible for the act should be disciplined and persecuted.
They saw the ways how the government officials did the punishment. They noticed that they violated the quarantine regulation and social distancing.
It was over a week when President Rodrigo Duterte declared the island of Luzon on lockdown. No one can leave and can escape from the place. In this way, they can at least mitigate the rapid spread of virus in the area.
Furthermore, the government directed the people to stay in their own houses during curfew hours. Officials and policemen arrested hundreds of people in Manila and other parts of the country.
One indecent was reported in Laguna, southern part of Manila. Local officials admitted that they locked five youths inside a dog cage. It is their way of punishing them for loitering during curfew hours. However, the officials justified. The youths were verbally abusive aside they added.
The Stand of DOJ
The Department of Justice directed that local officials can arrest violators. They can do it even if they do not seriously resist.to observe the curfew and other restrictions in other words. Commission on Human Rights replied that the violations committed by the people should not be meted with arrest.
Phil Robertson, deputy Asia director a Human Rights Watch said that police and local officials should respect the rights of those they arrest. In conclusion, he said that respecting human rights and combating COVID-10 should come together.