Recalcitrant Filipinos

April 29, 2020

HARD-headed Filipinos who continue to make a mockery of the government’s enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) rules and regulations have no place in a society of civilized people.

The behavior of these “recalcitrant” individuals is something that should not be ignored by anybody while the COVID-19 pandemic is terrorizing many countries throughout the world.

But House Majority Leader Martin Romualdez, a lawyer and banker by profession who chairs the powerful committee on rules, said there are only a few “recalcitrant” Filipinos.

“Unfortunately, incidents involving these errant citizens are the ones hogging the limelight in traditional and social media,” lamented Romualdez, husband of Tingog party-list Rep. Yedda Marie K. Romualdez.

“Hindi po totoo na walang disiplina ang mga Pilipino. Sumusunod sila sa batas,” Romualdez told last Tuesday’s meeting of the DCC’s Peace and Order Cluster, which he presided.

This, despite the fact that all the stringent measures are taking their toll on the people, adding that “alam natin ang epekto nito sa kanilang kabuhayan,” according to Romualdez.

“We have to keep appealing to these people…We can only win this fight (against the unseen virus) if we will take care of ourselves and be mindful of the welfare of others,” added Romualdez.

House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano, a former member of the Senate, and Romualdez, president of the Philippine Constitution Association, co-chair the Defeat COVID-19 Ad Hoc Committee (DCC).

The House leadership, headed by Cayetano and Romualdez, has been working closely with President Duterte in fighting the pandemic and improving the country’s health care system.

The few recalcitrant Filipinos need to be shocked into realization that there’s that urgent need to abide by government’s strict quarantine regulations if we are to address the COVID-19 pandemic.