Dorothy Espejo, who lived on the streets in Leveriza, Malate, faced three charges, including violation of a law that prohibits resistance and disobedience to authority, which is punishable by a fine not exceeding P100,000 and imprisonment of up to six months. More recently, two health workers caught back-riding on a motorcycle on their way home to Bulacan were fined P5,000 by traffic enforcers in Valenzuela City. Gerald Libiran, who works at Philippine Orthopedic Center, told a TV interview that he fetched his brother Mark from the National Children’s Hospital because the shuttle provided to health workers goes through Fairview instead of MacArthur Highway. They were stopped at Potrero Malabon, but traffic enforcers there waved them through after they showed them their IDs. They were frontliners, they were told. They were okay. But when they arrived in Valenzuela, traffic enforcers confiscated Gerald’s license, telling them the Department of Transportation has prohibited back-riding. When Gerald returned the next day to claim his license, he was stunned to learn that the fine was P5,000—almost half his monthly salary. Valenzuela’s mayor shrugged the incident off, saying the guidelines on the social distancing rules do not allow exemptions for frontliners caught back-riding. We understand that in enforcing the law—or directives in a public health emergency—examples need to be set. However, in both cases, it is the government that failed the quarantine violators. After all, whose fault was it that homeless people were not attended to before the lockdown began? What was the Department of Social Welfare and Development doing? The government failed the Libiran brothers too—by failing to provide a responsive transportation system to bring frontline health workers safely to and from their place of work.