Coast Guard personnel allegedly allowed Batangas resident to enter Oriental Mindoro despite travel restrictions

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 28 2020 07:40 PM

MANILA - The Philippine Coast Guard said Saturday it will investigate one of its personnel who allegedly allowed a Batangas resident to enter Oriental Mindoro after traveling by sea, despite travel restrictions imposed in the province.

Oriental Mindoro Gov. Humerlito "Bonz" Dolor earlier alleged in an interview that the Batangas resident disembarked at Calapan Port, and paid Coast Guard personnel to be allowed to enter the province.

The governor said the passenger paid P7,000 to the personnel.

The Batangas resident was reportedly caught and put under quarantine, to prevent a possible contamination of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Coast Guard officials said they will conduct an investigative inquiry on their personnel involved in the supposed bribery. If found guilty, the involved personnel will face administrative charges.

They said they will also look into how the Batangas resident was able to travel from Batangas Port, despite multiple security checkpoints in the area.

Oriental Mindoro earlier imposed a "no-entry" policy to curb the fast spreading COVID-19.--Report from Jeffrey Hernaez, ABS-CBN News