PHOTO CAPTION: The PNP has banned public displays of affection so keep your emotions in check and wait until you get home to show love for one another./iNEWS (Conceptual photo only.)
MANILA—It’s a good thing that the celebration of Valentine’s Day this year has already passed before the Philippine National Police (PNP) came up with what many people think is a ludicrous directive: do not engage in public displays of affection as these are prohibited for the time being.
In an interview with local media only today, PNP spokesperson B/Gen. Ildebrandi Usana has said that public displays of affection will be among those that will be prohibited amid the continuous rise in coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases in many parts of the country in recent weeks.
According to Usana, this is part of the PNP’s intensified efforts to ensure that everyone observes minimum health and safety protocols as embodied in the newest guidelines of the Inter-Agency Task Force in the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID), especially in localities as well as commercial and recreational establishments.
“Yung public displays of affection kasama din po iyan. Kasi alam naman po natin, dahil nag-reopen for a while ang economy, marami ang namamasyal, marami rin pong mga tao na sadyang na-miss nila ang kanilang pagsasamahan [The public displays of affection are among those things that are prohibited. Because our economy has reopened, many people are strolling around, and many have missed their usual company],” the PNP spokesperson noted.
Aside from partners, also to be disallowed are PDA among close friends and family members, or those that show a certain level of physical intimacy, for instance, the holding of hands, kissing, or hugging while in public, Usana explained.
“Isa lang ho ito sa mga panuntunan na na-mention even in the past on the implementation of health and safety protocols. Hindi naman po ito naiba, mas nire-reiterate lang ito ng PNP [These are just some of the policies that were mentioned even in the past on the implementation of health and safety protocols. It’s nothing different; it’s just being reiterated by the PNP],” he further quipped.
Still, there will be no formal sanctions to be imposed on violators for now, although the PNP said it hopes that Filipinos can already exercise self-discipline without the need for a reprimand. (N. Glenn Aragon/iNEWS)