Postpone Valentine’s Day, SC justice proposes amid coronavirus woes
By Christia Marie Ramos
2020-02-14 10:40:15

MANILA, Philippines – If Supreme Court Associate Justice Marvic Leonen had his way, Valentine’s Day should have been postponed this year.

Leonen made the suggestion amid threats of the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

In a Twitter post on February 12, 2020, the Associate Justice said: Holding hands and kissing should also be discouraged.”

“In the light of the COVID-19 global health emergency and the existence of other pathogens, I propose that we postpone Valentines Day,” he tweeted.

For those currently not in a relationship, the magistrate advised: “Those without significant others, pasulyap-sulyap is alright especially if long practiced.”

Responding to Leonen’s tweet, former presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda said in jest that the former’s proposal was “very unconstitutional.”

“That’s too extreme naman Marvic! People have been informed by fear and of course, by our DOH (Department of Health)!” Lacierda tweeted.

“Hmmm… methinks you don’t have a partner on Valentine’s Day that you seek to deprive others of the equal protection of the law of the hearts!” he added.


Leonen also said that work during Valentine’s Day “has not been abrogated yet.”

“Valentine’s day is a working day.  May pasok din…You can say that you’re busy,” he added.

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