NCRPO to arrest Metro Manila community quarantine violators


Posted at Mar 13 2020 06:19 PM | Updated as of Mar 13 2020 06:34 PM

People take a ride at a bus station along Buendia Avenue in Pasay City on Friday, 2 days before the scheduled imposition of the “community quarantine” of Metro Manila on March 15. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

MANILA - Police on Friday warned that violators of the National Capital Region community quarantine would face arrest. 

"Arestuhin yung hindi sumunod sa guidelines. If the guidelines have already been passed and its been disseminated, those who will violate will be arrested," said National Capital Region Police Office Regional Director Debold Sinas said.

In a press briefing in Camp Karingal, Sinas said aside from the quarantine law, they would also check for other applicable cases in the Revised Penal Law that can be filed against violators.

Sinas added that police who will man the borders would strictly follow guidelines, including exemptions to the NCR-wide travel restriction. Personnel deployed at checkpoints will be wearing fatigues and protective gears such as face masks, goggles and gloves.

"Ili-limit natin ang pasukan at labasan. I'm suggesting kung hindi naman necessary lakad n'yo wag na kayo lumakad. The purpose of this quarantine is for us to stay at home para hindi mag spread COVID-19 virus," he said.

While they have already identified the borders, Sinas declined to reveal it yet, saying they still need to present it and get the approval of Camp Crame.

On Thursday, the Philippine government ordered a community quarantine for Metro Manila, suspended classes in all levels and banned mass gatherings for one month.
Travel—whether by land, sea, or domestic air—in and out of the National Capital Region will be prohibited starting Sunday, according to an inter-agency resolution, which declared the highest Code Red Sub-level 2 because of “sustained community transmission.”