Police’s plan to involve gangs to uphold COVID-19 health protocols causes concern

first_imgThe National Police’s plan to involve community leaders and local gang leaders to help authorities raise awareness about the COVID-19 health protocols has been met with strong objections.The deputy National Police chief Comr. Gen. Gatot Eddy Pramono said the move was a result of the limited number of police and Indonesian Military (TNI) personnel. The assistance of community and gang leaders, he argued, was needed as part of efforts to discipline the public amid the ongoing pandemic, especially regarding mask-wearing and physical-distancing measures.In Indonesia, local gangs are linked to security in areas such as traditional markets and parking spots, which they “protect” in exchange for money. “We don’t recruit gang members, but we involve them. They are the informal part of raising public awareness, but not exactly to enforce local regulations,” he said in a hearing with the House of Representatives on Monday.Gatot, who also serves as deputy chief executive of the country’s COVID-19 handling committee, said in addition to gangs other community groups would also be involved such as ojek (motorcycle taxi) groups and hobby-based communities like motorcycle enthusiasts.In the hearing, he also asserted that the police and the TNI would supervise them so that they did not violate human rights.”We will use those who are already among the existing communities.  If we do this together, we can stop virus transmission.” Gatot went on to say that the police would also carry out operations throughout Indonesia involving various parties in order to uphold the mandatory health protocols.“The ones who will enforce security will still be the local Public Order Agency [Satpol PP],” said Gatot.Read also: Govt to enforce mandatory mask-wearing operation across IndonesiaDidik Mukrianto of the Democratic Party criticized the initiative, saying that it could be counterproductive for society.”I appreciate the spirit of the National Police in responding to the uncontrolled spread of COVID-19. However, the public perception of gangs is negative. They often disturb the communities themselves,” Didik said.He added that the National Police must carefully recalculate the impact, including the psychological impact on society.”I hope the police will be confident and believe that their personnel are more than capable of dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. There’s no need to involve local gangs for this,” he added.The Indonesian Market Traders Association (IKAPPI) Jakarta branch similarly rejected the plan, chairman of IKAPPI in Jakarta Miftahuddin said. He argued that instead of seeking help from local gangs, the authorities involve the scouts (Pramuka), traders associations, or heads of the blocks in the markets.”The involvement of traders itself could increase other traders’ awareness,” Miftahuddin said as quoted by Tempo.co.He said traders in Jakarta had experienced a drop in revenue of around 60-70 percent due to the previous large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) and they were currently trying to recover and restart their economic activities.“They are recovering now. They will be intimidated by the presence of gang members watching their activities,” he said.Topics :last_img read more

UP stuns Ateneo to stay in Final Four race

first_imgConor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback From a 19-14 deficit in the third set, the Lady Maroons stormed back to tie the set at the vital 24-24 score line after Marist Layug denied Jhoanna Maraguinot.UP then took the 25-24 match point after libero Ponggay Gaston and Kat Tolentino failed to get in tune on who will get the ball over to the Lady Maroons’ side.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownDiana Carlos then finished off the Lady Eagles with a thundering crosscourt kill.UP’s Final Four hopes, although still in full swing, will still depend on if National University, which holds a 6-6 record and sits at the fourth seed, will lose its remaining games. Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina GALLERY: Beermen make PBA history with 4th straight PH Cup crown Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award View comments MOST READ Lady Maroons head coach Godfrey Okumu, however, said his team will finish strong whatever the situation.“We will finish strong, that’s what we came to do and that’s what we did and I hope on the coming game we would do the same and finish strong,” said Okumu. Carlos lit Ateneo up with 22 points to lead the Lady Maroons while Isa Molde added 13 points.Maaraguinot was the lone Lady Eagle who finished in double digits while Tolentino, who averaged 20 a game prior to the UP game, had seven.ADVERTISEMENT In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUniversity of the Philippines remained in the Final Four hunt after pulling off a stunner over semifinals-bound Ateneo, 28-26, 25-23, 26-24, in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena.The Lady Maroons hiked their record to 5-8 and took sole possession of the sixth seed while the Lady Eagles saw their five-game winning streak snapped to settle for a 9-4 record.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more