'Hindi na kayang pakiusapan': Mayor says quarantine violators in Navotas face raps

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Posted at Apr 02 2020 08:53 AM

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MANILA - The local government of Navotas is filing charges against 459 residents for violating the enhanced community quarantine imposed in the entire island of Luzon to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Navotas Mayor Toby Tiangco said the local government filed charges against the 459 for violating Article 151 of the Revised Penal Code on resistance and disobedience to a person in authority, which is punishable by a fine not exceeding P100,000 and imprisonment of up to 6 months.

Among those arrested were loiterers, residents who leave their homes without a quarantine pass, and those who do drinking sessions outside their homes.

"Hindi na kayang pakiusapan ang mga taong ito at public health issue ito. Takot na takot ang mga kababayan...Kung talagang makulit, ano magagawa natin. Alangan naman i-risk ang kabuhayan ng iba," he told ANC.

Violators are detained until they post bail, he said.

"Baka akala nila pag nagbayad sila ng bail, wala na silang kaso. That's only for temporary liberty," the mayor said.

ANC, April 2, 2020