Harassment, rejection of health workers denounced

March 31, 2020

THE Integrated Bar of the Philippines yesterday deplored the reported discrimination COVID-19 health workers, other  frontliners, and patients have allegedly been receiving from the public.

"We should not succumb to fear or panic that diminishes our humanity as well as our support and compassion for the victims and frontliners in the health emergency," IBP national president Domingo Egon Cayosa said in a statement.

Cayosa stressed that precautionary measures are understandable and desirable but "they should remain reasonable and within the bounds of law."

"The Magna Carta of Patients Rights and Obligations, Magna Carta of Public Health Workers,  and other laws or regulations remain effective and must temper and guide the actions and initiatives of  everyone," he said.

At the same time, Cayosa assured the public that lawyers will continue to support healthcare professionals and all the public servants and private volunteers working relentlessly to contain the pandemic.

"We urge our countrymen to fully cooperate rather than discriminate,  show benevolence rather than bias,  increase help, not hype," he said.