If it were an ordinary Filipino who did what you did, the full force of the law would have been applied. — Lawyer’s response to Senator Koko Pimentel’s apology

Your apology does not absolve you from the consequences of your indiscretion.

I believe this is the general sentiment of the public in reaction to the apology of Senator Koko Pimentel amid furor for breaching the home quarantine and isolation protocol of DOH for persons under investigation.

A netizen behind the FB page Nick Nañgit – NCN Law condemned the Senator’s highly irresponsible action in the strongest possible terms for putting a lot of our depleted medical staffs at risk.

The lawyer described Pimentel’s behavior deplorable and unreasonable if you will.

As a legislator and a bar topnotcher at that, much is expected from him to know the law yet he brushed it aside to suit his personal interest. In that regard, the law should be strictly applied against Senator Koko Pimentel.

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NO, Senator, your action is both unconscionable and deplorable!

You deliberately put at risk the lives of people around you and their families, and both of you lie to the teeth feigning ignorance of your medical condition.

Your apology does not absolve you from the consequences of your indiscretion.

Accompanying your wife is NOT essential. Many women give birth without the father of their children beside them. It was even a Cesarean operation, not an emergency delivery where she is undergoing intense labor pain. It was pure whim, plain and simple.

Accompanying her is the height of your arrogance. Being a Senator, you feel that you are entitled to being with her, setting aside the protocols, and thinking you are above the rest of the Filipino people. Your being a father-to-be is just a flimsy reason. You ignored your moral obligation to humanity. You should not have even put at risk the life or health of your wife and unborn child, to begin with.

Coughing is not all there is for us to be afraid of this virus. You breathe. The air may get contaminated by what you exhale or touch. You may not have entered whatever room you intend to be in for the duration of the delivery, but still you have entered the door, taken the elevator, and walked through the corridors. There are people around you, when you should have just stayed at home. You have added an unnecessary burden of greater disinfection to a hospital that is already under severe pressure and whose staff is overworked and, now, also put under quarantine, whether you have contributed to that or not.

If it were an ordinary Filipino who did what you did, the full force of the law would have been applied. Right-minded Filipinos demand the same. You are NOT exempted, despite your apology. Face the consequences. You are a lawyer, a topnotcher at that. You are a legislator. You know the law, yet you shoved it aside. All the more that the law should be strictly applied against you.

Shame on you!

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Source: Nick Nañgit – NCN Law

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  1. Jerry Panao March 26, 2020

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