BAGO ang lahat, isa munang maingay at masayang ‘Congratulations!’ dito sa ating kaibigan na si P/BGen. Dan Macerin (PNPA Class 91), na siya na palang bagong “bosing” ng PNP-NOC (National Operations Center), sa Camp Crame.
Aber, kamakailan lang ay tatlong “bolitas” ang “na kabalagbag” sa balikat nitong ating kaibigan at ngayon pala ay “estrelya” na— ‘with matching promotion’ pa kaya, yeheyy!
Isa sa ‘most challenging position’ sa ating pambansang pulisya, mga kabayan, ang NOC dahil ito ang ‘nerve center,’ ang ‘eyes and ears,’ ng ating PNP, tama ba, retired P/MGen. Mel ‘Partner’ Mabilin ng PMA Class ’82? Subalit, “kumpiyansa” naman tayo sa kakayahan at abilidad ni Gen. Dan kaya wala na tayong masasabi kundi, ‘Good luck! on your new assignment’ at siyempre, painom ka naman, hehehe!
Narito, mga kabayan, ang pahayag ng National Press Club hinggil sa COVID-19 at sa panukalang pansamantala munang kumuha ng media pass ang mga mamamahayag bilang pagtulong sa layunin ng pamahalaan na maiwasan ang pagkalat ng nakahahawang sakit na ito:
“In this period of great national health emergency, the National Press Club of the Philippines is calling on the entire media community to set aside all their political and ideological differences and support the national effort to contain an unseen, vicious and deadly enemy, COVID-19.
“At this time when COVID-19 has become a real threat to everything we hold dear, our very lives and health most especially, we call on all members of the press to do our share by setting aside our own sense of entitlement and special privileges as members of the Fourth Estate.
“We need not emphasise here that we, too, are human beings, with each of us as a potential victim and vector of this highly infectious virus.
“Sa sakit na ito, walang immunity ang mga kasapi ng media o kahit sino pang makapangyarihang tao sa ating lipunan.
“And at this point in time, to insist on unrestricted access to the quarantined areas because we are ‘members of the press’ is not to exercise press freedom responsibly.
“Instead, most people, who are already doing their share of sacrifice would view such insistence as a demonstration of social irresponsibility on the part of the media, with utter disregard to the ongoing effort to contain and restrict the spread of COVID-19.
“In this regard, the NPC is pleased to note that majority of the more responsible members of the press has found nothing wrong with applying for a ‘media pass’ as enjoined by the government.
“This is evidenced by the number of applicants for a media pass at the International Press Center (IPC) where the NPC has agreed to extend a helping hand in the processing of applications.
“At the end of the day, the requirement should be seen as a temporary measure designed not to limit the free exercise of press freedom but, to protect even the members of the press from the threat of a highly infectious disease.”