[PODCAST] Law of Duterte Land: Lugaw, RA 11332, and common sense policy

Is lugaw (porridge) essential?

It was a debate online sparked by a viral video of a barangay official in San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan, flagging a food delivery rider picking up lugaw past curfew.

But the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) had already said that essential industries, including food deliveries, must remain unhampered 24/7.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque had to make the judgment: Yes, lugaw is essential.

It's a quirky debate, but to its core, it poses a very important question: are our quarantine rules clear?

Evidently, not so much, that even Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra withdrew a one-year-old policy of using the criminal statute Republic Act 11332 to arrest violators without a warrant, but only after more than a hundred thousand Filipinos have already been jailed.

In this episode, we talk to former justice assistant secretary Geronimo Sy, who was chairman of the criminal code committee during his time in the Department of Justice (DOJ), about how to balance criminal laws and common sense governance in this pandemic.

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