Lockdown arrests have legal basis: DOJ


Posted at Apr 22 2020 10:33 AM

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Tens of thousands of arrests due to the violation of lockdown measures to contain the COVID-19 pandemic are anchored on laws, the Department of Justice said Wednesday. 

The Revised Penal Code and a provision on non-cooperation with health officials under the Mandatory Reporting of Notifiable Diseases Act warrant the arrest of lockdown violators, said DOJ spokesperson Undersecretary Markk Perete. 

"Mayroong (there is) legal basis for arresting persons who are not cooperating with our officials in the enforcement of quarantine rules," he told DZMM. 

Policemen can file complaints against violators with the DOJ online, he said. 

Some 136,000 people disobeyed lockdown measures so far. Seventy percent of them were given warnings and allowed to go home, while the rest faced charges or fines, said PNP Chief Gen. Archie Gamboa. 

Lockdown violators risk up to 6 months of jail time, Perete added. 

DZMM, April 22, 2020