Amidst the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ), many didn’t follow the guidelines and rules that were brought upon by each respective city ordinance they currently residing in.
Recently a video went viral through the internet. A police officer was seen in a dispute with a spanish national identified as Javier Salvador Para, in Dasmariñas Village, Makati.
The video that went viral was not the full video footage. Now netizens who have seen the video have been criticizing the unruly behavior of the officer. However, some were criticizing who uploaded half of the video, in where the said affected individuals started getting physically rough with each other.
Now, some of the netizens claimed that the video as bias or unfair media. Seeing that the video clip without knowing the full story, will led you to interpret that the officer is abusing his power and authority. At the end, it will once again add, to the negative image of Philippine police officers to Flipinos and to President Duterte’s administration.
The dispute started when an officer caught the house maid lurking outside their house without wearing a face mask. In which the officer gave a friendly warning and ask her for an ID.
According to Makati City Ordinance 2020-089, all residents and workers are required to wear face mask and protective equipment when going outside or going to public places.
The story did not stop there. Suddenly Javier Para,the house owner went out to questioned and argue with the officer. Later on, the officer felt that Javier Para is overstepping his rights to speak and boldly disrespect him. Soon it lead to an act of arrest which Para adamantly refuse to give in, hence the forceful act of arrest began.
According to Bureau of Investigations, foreign nationals are not exempted from the ECQ. Foreign nationals that did not abide to the law shall face appropriate charges against them.
It is reported that the Makati City Police filed charges to Javier Salvador Para and currently on investigation.
There are talks everywhere around the world about how unfair is the media. This is proven and even in the Philippines is not exempted of it. Media always had it’s good or bad sides. But in the end, it will always be depend on the people. It is they who will determine its usage and worth.
Now in the age of technology, media is hard to stop. It will always evolve as long as there is people and technology.
Unfair media manipulates information to a favorable side or it can omit the negative part of a certain issue and turn it to positive. This can be considered fraud if proven guilty. It can lead to more serious problems like political agenda and wars, mass confusion and corruption.
Many do not even think that they are being used when they react on an issue or just shared it in a post. Also, It is possible that some individual/s or group/s spread chaos and confusion through unfair media to achieve their goals.
Remember that what we see is not always right, complete or perfect. All that can do now, is to be smart and prevent the wrong usage of media to spread fake and bias information.
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