Jul 21, 2020 @ 21:14

READ: UP Institute of Human Rights releases statement on house to house search for asymptomatic patients

The University of the Philippines Institute of Human Rights publicly denounced the proposition to conduct house-to-house search operations for asymptomatic patients as it can “unlock the door to warrantless searches of homes and open proverbial floodgates to other human rights”.

In a statement, the institution noted, “Secretary Eduardo Año has announced a policy to allow the house to house search of COVID19 patients and the taking of said persons to isolation facilities. This will not only literally unlock the door to warrantless searches of our homes, but also open the proverbial floodgates to other human rights violations.”

“Sec. 2, Article III of the Constitution protects the right of the people to be secure in their houses “against unreasonable searches and seizures of whatever nature and for any purpose.” At the core of this guarantee is the immunity of one’s person, including the extensions of his/her person – houses, papers, and effects – against government intrusion [Secretary of National Defense v. Manalo (2008)].”

Read the full statement here: https://law.upd.edu.ph/search-and-forced-transfer-of-asymptomatic-covid-19-patients/

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