The Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) has offered to provide legal assistance to both health workers and 2019 coronavirus (COVID-19) patients who underwent discrimination.
IBP President Domingo Egon Cayosa made the offer as lamented the discrimination suffered by patients and health workers.
“We can be reached by email or our phones,” he assured victims.
“The local IBP Officers and the Legal Aid Committee Chairperson will help those in the provinces,” he added.
Earlier, Cayosa asked the public “to fully cooperate rather than discriminate, show benevolence rather than bias, increase help, not hype.”
Cayosa reminded out that Magna Carta of Patients Rights and Obligations, Magna Carta of Public Health Workers, and other laws or regulations remain effective.
“We should not succumb to fear or panic that diminishes our humanity as well as our support and compassion for the victims and frontliners in the health emergency,” he stated.
“Precautionary measures are understandable and desireable but they should remain reasonable and within the bounds of law,” he added.