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Sabuyan n’yo din! Duterte orders police to be tougher in protecting doctors, nurses from attacks, discrimination

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President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday night vowed to defend health workers in the front line against the 2019 coronavirus disease (Covid-19) amid reports of discrimination and attacks.

“Yung mga front-liners, huwag kayong mag-alala (To the front-liners, don’t worry). I will support and defend you. Itong mga trabahante, mga doktor, mga nurse, health workers, attendants and all, eh hindi makauwi ng bahay, tinatapunan ninyo ng kung ano-anong mga chemicals na nakakasira ng katawan. Mas una silang mamatay kay ‘yung sa pasyente doon sa Covid,” said Duterte in a speech on April 1.

Duterte was reacting to reports that a male nurse was reportedly splashed with chlorine while walking along Tres De Abril Street in Cebu City last March 27.

On the same day, a front-liner in a hospital in Tacurong City, Sultan Kudarat was mobbed by a group of five who splattered bleach all over his face. There were also reports of health workers being denied rides and being asked to vacate their apartments.

He ordered police officers go out of their stations and secure the safety of the health workers.

“Huwag kayong mag-istambay diyan sa istasyon. Maglakad kayo, tandem, at maghanap kayo ng mga taong bastos. At kung mahuli mo, kung ano ‘yung binubuhos niya doon sa health worker o sa doktor, ibuhos mo rin sa kanya para tabla. Eh bakit? Ikaw lang ba ang marunong? ‘Di tikman mo rin ‘yung ginagawa mo and see if it would make you happy,” he said.

“‘At sabi ko sa pulis, siguro bawal man ‘yan pero ako na ang sasagot. Ibuhos mo uli doon sa nagbuhos sa mga doctor pati nurses. O kung kaya mo, ipainom mo lahat para matapos na ang problema natin,” he added. (PNA)

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