Quar­an­tine vi­o­la­tors

• Nearly 800 caught for de­fy­ing cur­few, liquor ban

Mindanao Times - - FRONT PAGE - BY RHODA GRACE B. SARON

AU­THOR­I­TIES ap­pre­hended 766 vi­o­la­tors of the cur­few and liquor ban since the im­ple­men­ta­tion of home quar­an­tine di­rec­tive of the re­spec­tive lo­cal govern­ment units (LGUs) in the re­gion due to the COVID-19 threat.

Brig. Gen. Fil­more Es­cobal, the direc­tor of Po­lice Re­gional Office XI, said the cur­few and liquor ban is strictly en­forced, which al­ready re­sulted in the ap­pre­hen­sion of 700 cur­few vi­o­la­tors and 66 liquor ban vi­o­la­tors.

Law en­forcers, po­lice aux­il­iary, and vil­lage se­cu­rity teams are con­tin­u­ally on pa­trol to en­sure the com­pli­ance of the home quar­an­tine.

In a re­lated re­port, five peo­ple were ap­pre­hended in Mati City at past 10 p.m. on Wed­nes­day for vi­o­lat­ing the cur­few and liquor ban.

Maj. Eud­isan Gul­tiano, the Po­lice Re­gional Office XI spokesper­son, iden­ti­fied them as alias Mae, 16, sin­gle; Jel­gar Cor­puz Ugpo, 24, sin­gle, welder; Eu­gene Mam­paro Quinio, 26, sin­gle, helper; and Mark

Lester Ma­tias Ban­tayan, 18, sin­gle, all res­i­dents of Purok 17-B, Cur­bada Magsaysay.

Also ar­rested was Jose SuerteRen­don, 19, sin­gle, and a res­i­dent of Purok Mabuhay-1, Barangay Ma­tiao.

The five sus­pects were re­port­edly caught in the act of hav­ing a drink­ing ses­sion by the pa­trolling law en­forcers.

Res­i­dents of Mati City are in­structed to be at home from 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. in the at­tempt to con­trol the spread of the virus.

Ac­cord­ingly, Matic city PNP per­son­nel led by Se­nior Mas­ter Sergeant Rosanna D Ormo un­der the di­rect su­per­vi­sion of Ma­jor Bembo Ay­ing, the Chief of Po­lice while con­duct­ing mo­bile pa­trolling for the im­ple­men­ta­tion of cur­few hours un­wit­tingly, they ac­tu­ally saw in plain view a group of per­sons hav­ing a drink­ing spree out­side the house at Purok 17-4B, Cur­bada Magsaysay, Barangay Cen­tral prompted them to im­me­di­ately ar­rest the said vi­o­la­tors.

Also, with the in­ten­si­fied check­points, Es­cobal re­minded all po­lice of­fi­cers to strictly ob­serve the nec­es­sary safety pre­cau­tions, such as main­tain­ing so­cial dis­tance, car­ry­ing pocket al­co­hol, wear­ing of masks, gloves, face shields, and the use of 12-inch sticks in check­ing bags.

Es­cobal fre­quently vis­its the dif­fer­ent check­point ar­eas to dis­trib­ute per­son­nel pro­tec­tive equip­ment or PPEs, rice sub­sidy, pro­vide cash as­sis­tance, and see to it that the re­gional lock­down within Davao re­gion is strictly en­forced.

“With the on­go­ing cri­sis, the PRO XI re­ceived out­pour­ing sup­port from our stake­hold­ers who do­nated PPEs to be used by our per­son­nel," he said. "Oth­ers do­nated food and wa­ter to the per­son­nel man­ning the check­points.”

With the out­break of COVID-19 and the in­creas­ing num­ber of in­fected in­di­vid­u­als, Es­cobal is call­ing for the peo­ple’s co­op­er­a­tion on the govern­ment’s call for them to stay at home. He lamented that some peo­ple are still de­fy­ing the en­hanced com­mu­nity quar­an­tine.

“We can’t win against COVID-19 if we con­tinue to give it a chance to be trans­mit­ted to other peo­ple,” he said.

BING GON­ZA­LES

Chi­na­town along Ra­mon Magsaysay Av­enue, one of the busiest streets in the city, be­comes a vir­tual ghost town as the city is un­der com­mu­nity quar­an­tine for al­most two weeks now, amid the COVID-19 threat.

BING GON­ZA­LES

A PO­LICE of­fi­cer checks the tem­per­a­ture of mo­torists at the check­point along Quimpo Boule­vard be­fore they are al­lowed to en­ter the down­town area. The city has been placed un­der com­mu­nity quar­an­tine since March 15.

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