MANIKA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau)- Children took to the streets on Saturday to protest the new IATF (Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases) allowing kids 5 years old and above to go out to public places under GCQ and MGCQ areas.
The protesters, accompanied by their parents, were mostly children below 5 years old. One kid held a placard that said, “End Child Discrimination. Let us out!”
But there were also children aged 5 and above who joined the protest. They complained that the new IATF ruling didn’t go far enough. While they are now allowed to visit outdoor public areas, they are still prohibited from entering malls.
When the Philippines started imposing community quarantines more than a year ago, kids and seniors were prohibited from being outside their homes except when buying essentials like lugaw (rice porridge).
No comment yet from IATF.