MANILA - More than 100 Filipinos and foreigners were arrested by police for allegedly violating quarantine health restrictions at a raid on what they described as an illicit bar in Makati City Sunday afternoon.
Multimedia host Casey Miller, more popularly known as KC Montero, and his wife were among the 113 people detained by police in the bar located on the 18th floor of a condominium in Salcedo Village, Barangay Bel-Air.
Makati police chief Col. Oscar Jacildo said they conducted the raid after they received reports about the previous operation of the bar holding exclusive gatherings without observing physical distancing.
Under the general community quarantine which covers Metro Manila, bars are prohibited from operating.
Montero said he and his wife only went there for dinner.
"That place was open before so parang feeling ko, okay. Why were they open if they're not allowed to open? Maybe that's my fault, I didn't do my research. So feeling ko, they're allowed to be open. So I went," he said.
The owner and a representative of the bar declined to give a statement to the media but said they committed no violation and had been following reduced capacity measures as a restaurant.
They said the place could accommodate up to 800 people but only allowed in 20 to 30 percent or around 200 people.
An employee of the bar and another customer also confirmed they have been observing physical distancing there.
Montero meanwhile decried how they were placed together in trucks against physical distancing guidelines.
"That's like backwards social distancing. They arrest us for protecting us for social distancing, tapos force us to not social distance, and then put us--did you see the truck there? That's bad," he said.
Of those arrested, at least 4 were identified as employees of the establishment.
Police plan to charge them with violating Republic Act No 11332 or the "Mandatory Reporting of Notifiable Diseases and Health Events of Public Health Concern Act of 2018".
Among the law's listed violations are "non-cooperation of persons and entities that should report and/or respond to notifiable diseases or health events of public concern".
Until they are charged, the arrested are being held at a covered court in Barangay Guadalupe Nuevo to allow for physical distancing.