PRO-BAR assures HR protection amid COVID-19 measures

POLICE Regional Office Bangsamoro Autonomous Region director, Brigadier General Manuel M. Abu, yesterday assured the Bangsamoro people that their human rights will be fully protected vis-à-vis the ongoing stepped-up measures to prevent the spread of the deadly COVID-19 virus in the region.

“Wala pong dapat ipangamba ang ating mga kababayan sa ating pinapatupad na Enhanced Community Quarantine. Makaka-asa kayong sinusunod po ng kapulisan ang ating Konstitusyon at ang ating mga Karapatang-Pantao. Sinabi na din po ng Pangulo na ang state of public health emergency sa bansa at ang enhanced community quarantine na pinapatupad ng ating pamahalaan ay hindi martial law,” said Abu to allay fears of BAR residents.

BAR is composed of the provinces of Basilan, Lanao del Sur, Maguindanao, Sulu, Tawi-Tawi and Cotabato City. The region’s business capital is Cotabato City.

Abu encouraged the public to report any abuses being committed by police and military personnel manning Quality Control Points in the region so that immediate and proper investigation can be conducted.

The official also emphasized that the  existing restrictions imposed by the government such as social distancing and home quarantine are neither arbitrary nor discriminatory in application, are of limited duration and proportionate to achieve the objective of preventing the spread of the deadly virus.

Abu also called on the local populace to help them track down and arrest fake news purveyors in the region as they endanger public order and cause panic to the community.

“I am reminding some people to prevent spreading false information that will cause panic and fan the flames of anxiety and fear. They will be facing charges in court once identified and arrested,” he said.