Step up quarantine enforcement -- Sinas

Debold M. Sinas

NATIONAL Capital Region Police Office director, Major General Debold M. Sinas yesterday said he has ordered a stepped-up enforcement of all quarantine protocols including the mandatory wearing of face masks and social distancing in Metro Manila to help prevent the spread of the deadly COVID-19 virus.

“I have ordered all five NCRPO districts, city and municipal police stations and police precincts to see to it that the mandatory wearing of face masks, social distancing and other ordinances and laws will be fully enforced as part of our effort to help the government in its war on the unseen killer virus,” Sinas told the Journal Group.

The Quezon City, Manila, Northern, Southern and Eastern Police Districts have apprehended thousands of violators of quarantine protocols in their areas this week alone, the NCRPO director said.

He said that the QCPD headed by Brigadier Gen. Ronnie S. Montejo, in coordination with the Q.C. Task Force Disiplina and Department of Public Order and Safety last Wednesday launched a ‘One-Time, Big-Time’ operation against quarantine violators which led in the apprehension of 874 persons.

The 874 persons were properly processed and documented by the QCPD at the Amoranto Sports Complex and charged for violation of City Ordinance 2908 or ‘requiring face mask in public places’ and other city ordinances.

All were released except for two men who were found to be wanted by the law during a routine background check. The two identified as Jonathan Dorado and Rene Avila were found to be the subject of warrants of arrest for attempted murder and robbery with force and intimidation against a person when arrested by members of the QCPD Station 2 and 7 respectively.

The charges against the 872 others are now up for review by the Q.C. Prosecutor’s Office.

Sinas said that other big arrests were made in Manila, Pasay, Makati, Caloocan, Taguig and Mandaluyong cities.