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Older people are stronger than you think: Lacson blasts proponents of ‘irrational’ strict home quarantine for senior citizens

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Don’t impose unfair restrictions on seniors during the quarantine period.

Senator Panfilo Lacson made the plea after denouncing the government’s decision to limit the movement of senior citizens during the coronavirus lockdown.

Lacson said those who proposed the “insensitive” and “irrational” strict home quarantine rule for seniors should have themselves at the mental hospital. He said many seniors are actually stronger than the younger ones.

“Many senior citizens are far healthier and have stronger immune systems than their younger counterparts. To indiscriminately prohibit them from going out of their homes is not only arbitrary. It is downright insensitive,” he said.

“Did those behind such a blanket age-based restriction think the idea through thoroughly? If they think they did, they should have their heads examined first by Dr. Clarita Avila, the chief administrative officer of the National Center for Mental Health,” he said.

He suggested to the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases to rethink its home quarantine policy on senior citizens. He said they should make sure the policy “does not impose unfair restrictions on seniors, especially those who are physically fit.”

“The dire question is: When will we see other sweeping and irrational moves?” he said.

The 71-year-old former police chief took pride of his strength despite belonging to the seniors’ group. He said his younger male Senate staff could not keep up when he takes the stairs to his office located on the sixth floor.

“Yung iba naman, laging may sipon at laging uubo-ubo. Samantalang ako, laging malakas ang immune system,” he said.

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