- A video of pedicab drivers and their families arguing with the City Mayor's task force stirred netizens
- The woman was complaining that they no longer have food to eat, even rice and said that the Mayor should support them
- Several pedicab drivers stated that they understand what the government is doing but the latter must also understand that they don't have any food to eat
- One said that if they wouldn't die from the virus, they would die of hunger
A video of pedicab drivers on Agham Road, Quezon City stirred netizens as it allegedly showed how the drivers were arrested by the Office of the City Mayor Task Force Disiplina.
In the video that circulated on Facebook, it could be seen how not just the pedicab drivers, but also the residents, were arguing with the said task force.
One angry woman was telling a task force enforcer that her husband had to scrounge for passengers just so they would be able to buy rice.
She then said that she, along with the rest of them living in the area were already experiencing hunger, and they have nothing, not even rice to eat.
She said that the Mayor has to provide for them and not just impose a lockdown.
The pedicab drivers also chimed in that they understood what the government was doing but their situation must be understood too.
One could be heard saying that they may not die of the virus but they would die of hunger.
Some of the comments of netizens regarding the video were as follows:
"Kung my supports lang yan sila na pagkain dina yan sila, mamasada kaso nga ramdam ko ang situation nila na , walang wala talaga, gustohin man nilang di lumabas ng bahay, kaso gutom din sila kaya mag buwis buhay nalang sila kahit na napaka dilkkado lumabas, sino ba naman talagang hindi matakot sa Virus nayan , lahat tau takot jan. Kaya ang mga officials din sana sa lugar nayan, galaw² na din sana, dapat ang nga ganyan ang priority ng gobyerno hindi ung my mga pera na ang priority nila "
"Dinyo Kasi maiintindihan Kung kayo NASA sitwasyon nila di nyo ramdaman madalas na ung mga tiyan nyo na minsan walang laman nasasabe nyo Yan Kasi sila babad sa init ng Araw mag kapera lang at makabili ng bigas at ulam"
"tamapo kayo piro ang ibang mayor nag iikot nasaka pamimigay ng pagkain piro ang mayor namin dito sa quezon city hindimo mahagilap tapos ngaun napilitan lang kaming mag hanap buhay dahil patay ang familya namin dahil walana kaming pang bili ng bigas kong may tulong mansana sila bakitpa kami lalabas ng bahay"
In a previous KAMI report, the government faced problems when they imposed the initial community quarantine, which was elevated into the now ongoing enhanced community quarantine. It also suspended transportation causing massive problems with commuters.
The coronavirus outbreak started out in Wuhan, Hubei Province of China. Scientists believed that the virus came from an animal at one of Wuhan's wet markets. At present, the Philippines is under a state of calamity while the entire Luzon is under an enhanced community quarantine.
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