By Ernie Reyes
MANILA – Opposition Senator Leila M. de Lima expressed alarm over the directive of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) ordering barangays to submit an inventory of unvaccinated persons in their localities.
De Lima, a former Chairperson of the Commission on Human Rights (CHR), said such a directive may embolden authorities to abuse the information in their hands.
“I have serious concerns on DILG’s directive for barangays to make a list of the unvaxxed, as it has high potential for privacy rights and other human rights violations, especially given how this administration weaponized so-called ‘drug lists’ as ‘Tokhang lists,’” she said in a statement posted on Twitter.
“I echo the constant call of CHR to always infuse respect for human rights in all pandemic-related policy decisions,” she added.
DILG Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya reportedly said DILG Secretary Eduardo Año has already issued a Memorandum Circular ordering barangays to identify and submit a list of residents still unvaccinated against COVID-19. (ai/mtvn)