“The police frontliners are those manning the quarantine controlpoints or checkpoints and those enforcing quarantine policies. Sila talaga ang pinaka-expose. Veryhazardous. Baka mahawa sila. Iba’t-ibangtao ang nakasasalamuha nila araw-araw. They deserve hazard pay,” saidPamuspusan. Iloilo City police officers guard this patrol car full of arrested persons not observing social distancing. Even at night, the cops are working to enforce the enhanced community quarantine to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN ILOILO City – Police officers on frontline duties during the enhancedcommunity quarantine are getting P500 daily hazard pay. He also assured the safety of the police manning quarantine controlpoints by providing them with personal protective equipment (PPE). The pay started Friday last week, April 17, according to PoliceBrigadier General Rene Pamuspusan, director of the Police Regional Office 6(PRO-6). In Camp Crame, the national headquarters of the Philippine NationalPolice, PNP chief General Archie Gamboa said the hazard pay “should furtherboost the financial flexibility of our troops and their families apart from thefull range of salary and allowances in April, sans any deduction for loanamortization for this month.” The hazard pay would be given until the quarantine is lifted. “Another P5,000 windfall is also due for all PSMBFI (Public SafetyMutual Benefit Fund, Inc.) members as financial assistance to see them throughthis crisis,” added Gamboa. “As a member of the (Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management ofEmerging Infectious Diseases), I am a witness to the hardships of our men andwomen in uniform who endure long hours at work in the field, away from thecomforts of their home and family, and uncertain of the fate that awaits themat the frontline. But needless to say, each and every member of the policeforce knows by heart the reason why we need to pass this way – because it is aprofessional calling and a sworn responsibility to serve, bestowed upon us bythe people,” said Gamboa. Gamboa thanked all police officers for their unwavering support andsacrifices in performing their duty to uphold law enforcement as the countrybattles an “unseen enemy” – SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes the coronavirusdisease 2019 (COVID-19). “Dapat ingatan natin angating katawan. Bawal magkasakit ngayon. But we have to be alert,too, of lawless elements who may take advantage of the current situation,” hesaid./PN For his part, Pamuspusan told his men to take care of themselves whilecarrying out their mandate which is to secure the public .
Bob Marley’s Hollywood Star vandalized, while Jesse Royal climbsReggae legend Bob Marley’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame was vandalized earlier this week.The state-registered historic landmark will cost US$3,000 to repair.Marley, known for hits like Three Little Birds and One Love, died in 1981 at the age of 36, after battling cancer.He was honored with a star on the Walk of Fame in 2001. There are no reports who the vandals are that damaged Marley’s Star.Jesse Royal remains on top Meanwhile, reggae singer Jesse Royal has emerged as the top selling reggae artiste for a second week.His album Lily of the Valley debuted in the top spot and has held off the competition for another week.His Billboard Reggae Albums chart topper is followed by Stony Hill from Damian “Jr Gong” Marley, which continues to sell exceptionally well after 13 weeks on the chart.Sizzla’s Im Yours and Chronology by Chronixx are also maintaining a presence in the top 10, holding on the fourth and seventh spots, respectively.For more on Caribbean Entertainers, click the link: Caribbean entertainers explodes with new hits