By Deighton Acuin and Archie Villaflores

PHOTO: Manila Bulletin

There is no intention to degrade quarantine protocol violators, a top officer of Silay, Negros Occidental Police said Tuesday, after gaining criticisms for an alleged parade like zombies in the streets.

When asked for reactions over criticisms, Silay Police Chief Major Rollie Pondevilla said: “Wala akong intention na ipahiya sila. ‘Yung sa atin lang ma-maintain nila yung physical distancing para makaiwas sila ng Covid-19

“Kung may intention ako na masama sa kanila, bakit di ko sila ilagay sa police station para magsiksikan sila. Hindi ko ginawa iyon, dahil tinitignan ko safety nila,” he further explained.

The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) earlier said they will conduct a probe over the enforcement of the parade. The agency also said authorities must be mindful of respect for the dignity of the individuals while implementing health and safety standards.

Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon said the move was “unnecessary,” adding it contributed to “people’s growing distrust of our police authority.”

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