Stop the discrimination against our frontliners, COVID-19 positive, persons under monitoring (PUM) and persons under investigation (PUI) and their families.

Senator Sonny Angara made this call after receiving reports that acts of discrimination and even cruelty are still being committed against frontliners in the fight against COVID-19 continue despite repeated appeals for understanding and compassion for them.

“For the sacrifices they are making to keep us safe and protected, I have nothing but respect for them.”

“We must protect our health workers, all of our frontliners during this period of COVID-19. Every day they are risking their lives to care for all of those who are in need of medical attention. The challenges that they face today are overwhelming. For the sacrifices they are making to keep us safe and protected, I have nothing but respect for them,” Angara said.

“Acts of discrimination have no place in our society.”

“On our part as policymakers, we should do our part by coming up with measures to protect them especially during this critical period. Acts of discrimination have no place in our society,” the seasoned legislator added.

The veteran lawmaker urged all local councils to pass their respective ordinances prohibiting acts of discrimination against frontliners, persons under investigation (PUIs), persons under monitoring (PUMs), and their families.

A number of cities have already passed such ordinances in response to reports of discrimination against health workers in particular.

The local city councils of Cebu City and Manila City have come out with their respective ordinances to protect frontliners from acts of discrimination. The ordinances carry fines and penalties against individuals and establishments who harass or deny service to frontliners.

Over the past weeks, numerous reports have come out about health workers being harassed, denied access to establishments such as supermarkets, and evicted from their rented homes due to the nature of their work.

In one case, a health worker in Sultan Kudarat was doused with bleach by assailants who believed he was a COVID-19 carrier.

“The Philippine National Police is already on the lookout for these acts of cruelty against our frontliners. Our local government units should also do its part by coming out with ordinances to protect them,” the senator said.

At the start of the current Congress, he filed Senate Bill 137 or the Comprehensive Anti-Discrimination Act of 2019, which seeks to eliminate all forms of discrimination in the country.

Under the bill, as a general rule, discrimination based on these protected attributes: age, racial or ethnic origin, religious belief, political inclination or conviction, social class, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expressions, marital or relationship status, disability, HIV status, health status or medical history, language, physical features or other status, is prohibited.


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