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By Prince Golez

President Rodrigo Duterte appealed to the public to obey the law to avoid placing an added burden upon policemen.

In a televised public address Monday, Duterte said cops and soldiers will get the first shot of the coronavirus vaccine as he cited their essential role during an emergency.

“I need a healthy military and police kasi ‘pag magkasakit lahat ‘yan, wala na akong maasahan, wala na tayong mautusan kung gawin ‘to, gawin doon,” according to him.

“So huwag na ninyong pahirapan masyado ‘yung pulis. Kung wala naman kayong gawin, eh ‘di matulog na lang kayo kaysa mag-inuman diyan tapos magkagulo and not only once but many times na madisgrasya ‘yung peace officer just because he intervenes itong mga away-away ninyo na inuman,” he added.

Duterte also regarded the country’s police and military forces as “errand [boys] of the Republic,” saying that they are first to respond to calamities such as typhoons and landslides.

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