Group Slams Cagayan Cops Over “Duterte Legacy” Tarp Amid Their Relief Operation
A group in Cagayan slammed cops who brought the “Duterte Legacy” tarp during their relief operation and grab some credits.
According to a local civic group in Sta. Some police officers recently showed up to a humanitarian items distribution in Teresita, Cagayan, carrying a tarpaulin bearing the words “Duterte Legacy” printed on it. During the distribution, the cops allegedly took photos of them.
According to the Oplan Bangon Cagayan group, they were undertaking a relief mission at the Barangay Mission in the town, which was one of the locations hit by Severe Tropical Storm “Maring” last month. According to group leader Zach Xavier Singson, the cops contacted them and told them that they would place the tarpaulin.
“While we were having our relief goods distribution, we were surprised that a (patrol car) came and police officers put up a tarpaulin with ‘Duterte Legacy’ on it,” Singson said.
Aside from carrying a tarpaulin with the words ‘Duterte Legacy,’ one of the cops approached Singson’s coworkers and requested whether they could be photographed while handing out relief supplies, with the tarpaulin in the background. Singson apparently declined the request because they were a private company.
The cops, on the other hand, were adamant. But, rather than leaving them alone, one of the officers grabbed a plastic bag of relief supplies and delivered it to the recipients for a picture op, he added.
And when they allegedly got the image, they allegedly departed right away and “left without assisting us.” Local leaders apologized to the volunteers, saying they were “ashamed” of what the cops had done. The MSWD coordinator also informed them that she will inform her boss about the situation.
The Sta. is being defended. Some Teresita Police officers were just present to ensure that such activities adhered to the health protocol. Carrying such a tarpaulin, according to the leader, is part of their aid in the activities.
Social media users were outraged when photos and videos of the incident were uploaded. General Guillermo Eleazar, the chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP), has yet to comment on the incident.
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