Netizens slam PNP release of balloons as fair elections promo
MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine National Police (PNP) Regional Office 1 — which covers the Ilocos Region — drew flak in social media for releasing white balloons to promote a “safe and fair elections.”
A video posted on its Facebook page on Jan. 13 shows police officers of the said region releasing balloons in an open area.
The crowd applauded as the balloons were released, but netizens were not happy about it.
Last year, the balloon drop events for the New Year were canceled after receiving public outrage and the call of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).
Netizen Sherwin De Vera raised the DENR appeal in his comment on the PNP’s event.
“Kapapalabas lamang ng DENR ng paalala kaugnay sa pagpapalipad o paggamit ng balloons sa mga events dahil sa masamang epekto nito sa kalikasan nitong Enero, tapos heto na at pinangunahan pa talaga ng PNP ang dinidiscourage mismo ng DENR,” he said.
Ethne Ravindranathan, concerned about the effect of the released balloons on the environment, urged the PNP to release the names of those who participated in the activity.
“Can someone release the names of the politicians who are participating in this event?????????,” she said.
“There is nothing peaceful in the killing of marine wildlife and outright pollution of our seas. ????????????” she added.
Miel Abong said that the activity would not fully affect the upcoming May 2019 midterm elections, but it would directly affect the environment.
“This will not affect election safety; but it will affect the environment directly. They pop at a certain altitude and land in what would most likely be the habit of unsuspecting animals who will consume it,” she said in her comment.
“If it lands untouched, it will not degrade for hundreds of years. This is highly irresponsible,” she continued.
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