Amid the current problems affecting the country and many parts of the world, everyone is told to go home and stay at home! While many are defying the order of Pres. Rodrigo Duterte because they have to go to work to feed their family, there are also those who simply wish they can go home but can’t do it because they don’t have one.
He’s 68 years old and among those who are supposed to be at home because old people are more vulnerable to COVID-19, yet Tatay Lamson and many others his age have nowhere else to go. Even as Metro Manila is under lockdown, they can’t go home because they don’t have one.
Metro Manila and many other areas in the Philippines implements a curfew, but how could you really implement such a directive to people living in the streets?
“Authorities told us to stay home. We have no home. We’re not afraid of the virus. We’re more afraid of hunger and the elements,” Tatay Lamson said in Filipino.
Tatay Lamson is just one of the people who have made a home for themselves at the Manila Bay Boardwalk. He said that his children are back in the province but he can’t contact them to ask for help. And now that there’s also a lockdown and no public transportation in the streets, he really has no other choice but to stay put and stay at home there, at the boardwalk.
Netizens take pity on Tatay Lamson and his friends. Many are hoping the government can build a shelter for people like him.
Source: Instagram / @Jeszmann