Davao City gov’t files raps against over 200 quarantine violators

Robie de Guzman   •   June 10, 2020   •   414

The government of Davao City has filed charges against more than 200 individuals who allegedly violated the protocols of the community quarantine.

According to Angel Sumagaysay, head of the city’s Public Safety and Security Command Center, 90 complaints have been filed against 277 persons accused of defying rules on curfew, social gathering, and liquor ban.

Sumagaysay added that 145 charges have also been lodged out of the 329 apprehensions for violations on the use of food and medicine pass.

“Other cases are yet to be filed as these will be done through regular filing while other apprehended suspects are minors,” he said in a statement.

“We just have to follow the protocols, especially on the social distancing and wearing of mask,” he added.

Sumagaysay stressed that protocols are being strictly implemented to prevent the further spread of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

“We are commending the security sector, particularly the Davao City Police Office for continued implementation of GCQ guidelines. We hope that Dabawenyos would cooperate and adhere to the guidelines (because) after all, this is for the good of our community,” he said.

Davao City has recorded a total of 321 coronavirus infections with 192 recoveries and 30 deaths. The city currently has 99 active cases.

PNP won’t arrest quarantine violators in first 3 days of MECQ period

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 6, 2020

The Philippine National Police (PNP) said they will not conduct any arrest during the first three days of the modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ).

PNP Chief PGen. Archie Gamboa said they will implement maximum tolerance at all times and will only serve warnings to quarantine violators during the three-day headstart. This would give the public time to adjust to the National Capital Region’s shift to MECQ.

“Bibigyan natin ang publiko ng swift warning on the first initial days of violations kasi kung nag-adjust ang PNP, nag-aadjust din sila and ang reminder ko lang ay maximum tolerance on the part of the PNP especially the women and elderly kung may lalabas man na elderly (We will give the public a swift warning in the first initial days of violations because if the PNP has to adjust, so do they. My only reminder is maximum tolerance on the part of the PNP especially for the women and the elderly),” he said.

The PNP Chief also reminds the public to cooperate with authorities and not provoke any officers.

“Sana naman the public will cooperate, para hindi mapilitan ang PNP na mag impose ng regulation. So please, we want the cooperation of the public para maiwasan natin ang confrontation sa checkpoint (I hope the public will cooperate and not force the PNP to impose regulation. So we want the cooperation of the public to avoid confrontation at checkpoints),” Gamboa said.

Metro Manila, Cavite, Laguna, Bulacan have been placed under MECQ until August 18. AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

PH Navy redeploys troops at MECQ checkpoints

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 6, 2020

The Philippine Navy on Tuesday (August 4) redeployed its troops to man quarantine checkpoints in areas under the Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ).

The troops are set to aid other law enforcement agencies in ensuring an orderly and strict implementation of quarantine guidelines to prevent the further spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

“The Philippine Navy with the help of its stakeholders will also double its efforts to help the national government combat this unprecedented global pandemic,” the Philippine Navy said in a statement. AAC

Face shields required for public transport passengers starting August 15

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 5, 2020

To protect public transport commuters against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), they will be required to wear face shields, beginning August 15, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) said.

Based on a memorandum circular of the DOTr, transport sector leaders are directed to implement a “no-face shield, no- ride” policy which will be effective in areas under General Community Quarantine (GCQ) and Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ).

DOTr Spokesperson Goddes Hope Libiran said transmission is very critical in public transportation.

“Nag-add tayo ng stricter health and sanitation protocol, iyong pagsusuot ng full-face shield sa pasahero (We added stricter health and sanitation protocol which includes wearing full-face shields), she said.

Meanwhile, Taytay, Rizal has already released an ordinance on mandatory face shields.

Several commuters, however, raised concerns over additional expenses amid the pandemic. The DOTr said it is better to purchase face shields instead of paying for hospital bills later due to infection. AAC (with reports from Asher Cadapan Jr.)

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