Philippine National Police’s (PNP) plans to stalk social media activity to look for quarantine violators is not legally sound as it would intrude on people’s privacy, according to a lawyer.
National Union of People’s Lawyers (NUPL) President Edre Olalia explained that law enforcers could not just perform such privy methods without a warrant by the courts.
While it’s a “valid and well-intentioned idea,” it becomes alarming under the context of the military’s previous idea of the “draconian Anti-Terror Law.”
Olalia added that the government’s allegations of “hardheaded” quarantine violators are “inaccurate and blown out of proportion,” stating that data contradicts PNP’s “anecdotal demagoguery.”
Earlier this month, Joint Task Force COVID Shield commander Police Lt. Gen. Guillermo Eleazar directed the police to monitor social media platforms to check for quarantine violations and warned the public.