Police officers manning a checkpoint along Metro Manila's boundary were upset over having to function as both peace officers maintaining order, and also as substitute health workers checking on the temperatures of travelers entering and leaving a community quarantined National Capital Region.
Cops stationed at checkpoints in San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan were thus hoping that health workers would offer their help and assist with the quarantine duties at the border control point.
“Sinisiguro po namin na lahat sila may mask, lahat po ‘yan may alcohol. Hangga’t maaari po, sinusuportahan din naman po namin sila doon sa equipment,” Bulacan police provincial director Police Colonel Lawrence Cajipe said in a 24 Oras report by Jamie Santos on Monday.
The border between San Jose Del Monte and Caloocan City was filled with long lines of vehicles seeking to enter Metro Manila.
Some commuters said they had to wait three hours before reaching the checkpoint.
Upon arriving at the checkpoint, some travelers were held off by authorities due to their high body temperature.
“Wala po [akong sakit]. Mainit lang po talaga. Wala talagang magagawa, patakaran po e,” one commuter said.
“Sa init lang po siguro kasi nakabilad kami doon kanina e,” another added.
The first weekday of Metro Manila's community quarantine was marked by long lines that left thousands of commuters stuck in traffic for hours.
The quarantine was imposed on Sunday to contain the spread of COVID-19 in the country.
President Rodrigo Duterte announced Monday that the entire of Luzon would be placed under an enhanced community quarantine as COVID-19 cases in the country continue to rise. — Julia Mari Ornedo/DVM, GMA News