“I appeal to the public, particularly to our netizens, to spare the entire police organization and other agencies involved in the enforcement of the ECQ Guidelines from insults and other unfair generalization. Our hardworking people on the ground do not deserve them,” Philippine National Police (PNP) Deputy Chief for Operations Police Lieutenant General Guillermo Eleazar said. Lieutenant General Eleazar is also the commander of Joint Task Force (JTF) COVID-19 Shield.
This is after the incident during the birthday of National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) chief Police Major General Debold Sinas gained negative public reaction.
“I am saddened that the incident that happened at Camp Bagong Diwa has already turned into misinterpretation and accusations that there is a double standard in the implementation of the ECQ Guidelines,” Eleazar said.
He added that it “is absolutely unfair to our men and women on the ground who brave the scorching heat of the sun, who risk themselves to infection everyday and who make a sacrifice to be away from their family just to make sure that every Filipino is protected from COVID-19.”
“We in the JTF COVID Shield fully support the decision of our Chief PNP, General Archie Gamboa, to order an investigation regarding this incident,” Lieutenant General Eleazar noted.
“We hope that this controversy serves as a reminder to all the public servants to exercise due diligence and sensitivity in every action they do and in every decision they make that are related to our fight against COVID-19,” he said.