- 10 relief volunteers were arrested by the Marikina police after they distributed relief packages
- The volunteers cooked breakfast for a disenfranchised community who had placards asking for help
- In the video, a police officer could be seen telling his companions, "posasan niyo na"
- Markina Mayor Marcy Teodoro ordered the PNP to release the 10 relief volunteers as they were not doing anything wrong at the time of the arrest
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Ten relief volunteers were arrested by the Marikina police after they cooked breakfast and fed a disenfranchised community.
According to Rappler, the arrest happened on May 1, Labor Day. In the video, it can be seen that a policeman was talking and he could be heard at one point saying, "posasan niyo na."
He then took out handcuffs and approached the person taking the video.
KAMI learned that a recent development on the incident revealed that Marikina Mayor Marcelino "Marcy" Teodoro ordered the release of the 10 volunteers.
He said that the PNP was overreacting when they made the arrest.
“Nag-overreact ‘yung PNP (Philippine National Police), eh. Hindi dapat inaresto dahil wala namang ginagawang masama yung mga kababayan natin,” said the Mayor.
He also explained that the volunteers were observing social distancing during the distribution.
Mayor Teodoro also said that the police officers may have just misinterpreted the placards of the volunteers, which called for mass testing.
In a previous report by KAMI, the government faced problems when they imposed the initial community quarantine, which was elevated into 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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