'Less in life, more in law': PNP chief urges cops to find balance in quarantine rule implementation

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Posted at May 25 2020 10:39 AM | Updated as of May 25 2020 10:58 AM

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MANILA - Policemen are urged to "balance" the implementation of law on the poor during the COVID-19 pandemic, the country's top cop said on Monday.

Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Gen. Archie Gamboa made the remark after Mang Dodong, a fisherman from Caloocan, was detained for nearly 2 weeks because he could not produce a quarantine pass for Navotas, where he went to fish to make a living during the strict lockdown.

"I will find the details of Mang Dodong and we will issue a directive to balance--we don’t really know the circumstances sa baba--we will encourage our policemen to balance between those who have less in life, sabi nga nila, must have more in law," he told ANC.

(I will find the details of Mang Dodong and we will issue a directive to balance--we don’t really know the circumstances on the ground--we will encourage our policemen to balance between those who have less in life, as they say, must have more in law.)

"Generally ang guidelines namin sa kapulisan, you have to balance sometimes yung humanitarian aspect as against kailan mo iimpose ang law."

(Generally our guideline to policemen is you have to balance sometimes the job's humanitarian aspect as against when you'll impose the law.)

Gamboa said the PNP updates everyday its list of authorized persons allowed outside their residence, which includes frontliners.

The PNP also previously gave warnings to quarantine violators as lockdown measures were imposed in some areas, he said.