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12 Zambales tourists held for violating quarantine rules

TWELVE tourists from Metro Manila and Laguna and Rizal provinces who entered Mount Tapulao in Palauig, Zambales on Sunday without any authority were apprehended by the local police and are now facing charges for quarantine violations, Zambales Police Provincial Office director, Colonel Romano V. Cardiño said yesterday.

The official said the 12 were apprehended by members of the Palauig Municipal Police Station and taken to the local police headquarters for booking on charges of violation of Republic Act 11332 otherwise known as the “Mandatory Reporting of Notifiable Diseases and Health Events of Public Health Concern Act” which was supported by Executive Order 05, Series of 2021 issued by the Zambales provincial government.

According to Cardiño, local policemen found the 12 along Kilometer 5, Mount Tapulao in Sitio Dampay in Barangay Salaza 6 p.m. Sunday following a tip from a concerned citizen regarding their unauthorized presence in the area.

The official identified the 12 as Carlo Jay Miranda,34, of Sta. Rosa City, Laguna; Ian Cuevas,24, of Cabuyao, Laguna; Mark Jason Dumanon, 24, also of Sta. Rosa City; Maynard Cabrera,24, of Valenzuela City; Ferdinand Cabangbang Jr.,24, also of Valenzuela City; Kevin Enrera,28, of Masambong, Quezon City;

Jericho Dacanay,27, of C. Raymundo Avenue, Pasig City; Dianne Encontro,30, of Bago Bantay, Q.C.; Jaeydeen Torroliza,22, of Dagat-Dagatan, Navotas City; Mark Labuguin,26, of Pajo, Caloocan Ciyt;; Eldon Plaza,24, of Mamuyo Dos, Las Piñas City; and Kevin Gapilango,25, of San Antonio, Parañaque City.

Cardiño said the local police led by Lieutenant Jessu Rendon found the 12 on board a metallic gray Nissan Grandia with plate no. NDJ-4607. All failed to present required local government documents when questioned prompting officers to haul them to their station.

Cardiño said they are currently strictly enforcing a liquor ban and longer curfew ordered by Zambales Governor Hermogenes E. Ebdane Jr. to curb a spike on COVID-19 cases in the province.

The province-wide curfew starts from 8 p.m. until 4 a.m. The curfew for minors is from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m.