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LOL all you want, at least these “astronauts” in a palengke are being safe

Should your safety be a laughing matter especially in times like these?

As COVID-19 continues to afflict thousands of Filipinos, the condition of the country prompts us to take even more extreme precautions. While staying at home is the best option, not everyone has the privilege to do so. The working class have no choice but to go out in order to make ends meet and secure their essentials.

So why are some people still mocking others who just want to be safe? A set of photos have been circulating around Facebook of two women wearing Powered Air Purifying Respirators (PAPR) out in public.

The Facebook caption seems to poke fun at their appearance stating, “Kauna unahang dalawang pilipinang astronot dumating na sa palengke (the first two Filipino astronauts have arrived in a market).”

Two women wear Powered Air Purifying Respirators in a palengke

Sure, they may look like Among Us characters but at least they’re following proper safety protocols unlike some people. Other Facebook users were quick to speak up in defense of the “astronaut-looking” ladies in the palengke — pointing out that there is nothing funny about the photos.

One user even shared that PAPR equipment costs 26,000 pesos.


If the post should elicit anything, it’s the outrage brought by the fact that Filipinos have to resort to such lengths just to protect themselves and their families. It’s been over a year since the pandemic hit and we’re still left having to fend for ourselves.



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