Charges filed against 10 quarantine violators in Punta

By: Alven Marie A. Timtim - Multimedia Reporter - CDN Digital | August 21,2020 - 08:36 PM
Charges were filed against quarantine protocol violators in Punta Princesa, Cebu City on August 21. | CDN Digital file photo

Very few vehicles are seen along Salvador Street in Barangay Labangon, Cebu City on this June 27, 2020 photo as policemen continue to man the checkpoint in the area.

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Charges were filed today, Friday, August 21, 2020 against 10 men who were arrested in Barangay Punta Princesa, Cebu City this week for violating quarantine protocol ordinance.

Police Captain Jonathan Dela Cerna, Labangon Police Station chief, said, in a phone interview, that they already filed the complaints against the 10 men at the Cebu City Prosecutors Office.

Dela Cerna said the 10 men were arrested on Thursday, August 20, 2020, two of whom were caught not wearing face masks while the eight others were caught without quarantine passes.

“Ni kalit ra man pud nga ni daghan first time sukad sa pag implement sa city ordinance,” said Dela Cerna.

(The violators increased for the first time since the city ordinance was implemented.)

Read: Fewer violators caught as quarantine ordinance takes effect

Dela Cerna said that they only arrested three since the start of the implementation  on August 16, 2020 of City Ordinance 2566 or the ordinance penalizing quarantine violators.

He said that the arrested men only wanted to go out and violate the law because when he asked them why they violated health protocols, they could not give a straight answer.

If found guilty of the charges against them, the first time violators would be fined P3,000 or spend 30 days in jail.

Read: Penalties for quarantine violators in Cebu City reduced

With this, residents were reminded to always follow the law and stay at home or they would face worse consequences once they would violate the law.

“Follow lang sa gi mandate sa gobyerno. Sige ta balik-balik ani pero mao ma ni makatabang nga at least malimit nato ang active cases nato diri sa atong lugar,” said Dela Cerna.

(Follow the mandate of the government. We keep on repeating this but these can help or at least we can limit the active cases in our area.)

Dela Cerna also assured that the Labangon policemen would do their share on helping the public to follow health guidelines that could also benefit the public./dbs

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