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90 more violators nabbed in NegOcc
BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN

 

Ninety more quarantine violators were arrested in Cadiz City, Toboso and Manapla in Negros Occidental, two days after the implementation of the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) in the province.

Of the 90 ECQ violators, 80 were arrested in Cadiz, nine in Toboso and one in Manapla, police records showed.

Lt. Col. Robert Mansueto, Cadiz City police chief yesterday said that majority of the violators were apprehended inside subdivisions and relocation sites and were released after the end of the 4 a.m. curfew.

Despite their release from detention, the violators will face charges, Mansueto said.

He also warned that second-time offenders will be slapped with P1,000 fines or render community service in Cadiz City.

Before the ECQ enforcement in the city, Mansueto teported that 219 curfew violators had been arrested.

The Police Regional Office 6 also reported that a total of 2,133daily curfew violators were nabbed in Western Visayas, including those in highly urbanized Bacolod City and Negros Occidental.

The Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office reiterated its call to the public not to disobey the quarantine rules.

Meanwhile, PNP chief General Archie Francisco Gamboa ordered all local police units to provide every possible assistance and security to medical staff and health workers, following two separate incidents of violent attacks against government health personnel.

At this time of national health emergency, Gamboa said in a statement that the PNP is doubly committed to apply the full might of the law against any person who will lay hands on health workers.

“We shall do whatever it takes to protect them from crime, violence, and any form of oppression and discrimination,” Gamboa said in the statement.

To help mitigate the effects of the national health emergency to the local economy and domestic consumer market, the PNP will step-up police operations in support of Department of Trade and Industry to strictly enforce the price act and pertinent provisions of the Bayanihan Act of 2020, he added.*

 

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