Parañaque City

Video of Parañaque officials manhandling vendor sparks outrage online

Gaby Baizas
Video of Parañaque officials manhandling vendor sparks outrage online

Members of the Parañaque Task Force handcuff a vendor during a clearing operation on Friday, January 22 after he refused to surrender his kariton.

Screenshot from Teleradyo's Twitter

In another conversation on compassion towards ordinary citizens, Filipinos are quick to point out the government's double standard

A viral video showing members of the Parañaque Task Force manhandling a vendor who refused to surrender his kariton enraged Filipinos online, sparking another conversation on compassion towards ordinary citizens.

The video from ABS-CBN and TeleRadyo showed members of the task force handcuffing the vendor during a clearing operation in the city on Friday, January 22. The task force members were shown tackling the vendor to the ground. A member even kicked the prone vendor in the face as he was being handcuffed.

Shortly after the video was posted, Filipinos online decried the task force’s complete lack of empathy during their clearing operations.

Some netizens were quick to point out the double standard – everyday vendors are treated poorly by local enforcement, but high-profile quarantine violators and plunderers only get a slap on the wrist.

Several Filipinos are still struggling to find sources of income as the pandemic forced the country into an economic recession. A number of Filipinos believed the vendor giving up his kariton was tantamount to giving up his entire livelihood.

Senator Ping Lacson also got wind of the incident and instructed his staff to investigate on Saturday morning, January 23.

“Justice and the rule of law must prevail, but there is nothing wrong if mercy may overrule justice,” Lacson tweeted. “That poor vendor’s kariton may be his family’s only lifeline.”

– Rappler.com

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Gaby Baizas

Gaby Baizas is a digital forensics researcher at Rappler. She first joined Rappler straight out of college as a digital communications specialist. She hopes people learn to read past headlines the same way she hopes punk never dies.