Men Accosted for Drinking during Curfew Hours
Drunk men accosted by local authorities after caught drinking amid curfew implemented due to coronavirus threat, their reason it is against the virus.
On Monday, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte placed Luzon under “Enhance Community Quarantine” amid coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) confirmed cases still continue to rise. Department of Health (DOH) recorded 142 confirmed cases of coronavirus, with 12 deaths. To date, 3 patients have recovered from the disease.
The quarantine for Luzon is effective midnight of March 17 until midnight of April 13. It means “strict home quarantine shall be implemented in all households; transportation shall be suspended; provision for food and essential services shall be regulated; and heightened presence of uniformed personnel to enforce quarantine procedures will be implemented.”
Meanwhile, instead of adhering to the curfew, some drinkers have been sued by authorities in Santa Rosa City, Laguna and argued that alcohol is an antidote to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Another was arrested and intoxicated, police said.
In a report of GMA News, they were caught during the roving operations of authorities amid curfew hours, Thursday. “Alam n’yo naman na may curfew di ba? Nag-iingat ang lahat tapos kayo nag-iinom?” police said to one of the arrested men.
One of them answered “Panglaban ‘yan sir.” Officer warned men that if they don’t obey they will be arrested according to Article 151 disobedience to persons in authority.
“Kapag ‘di kayo sumunod, aarestuhin ko kayo, Article 151, resistance and disobedience to persons in authority!” said officer.
Meanwhile, in Barangay Sto. Domingo, a man was arrested due to drunkenness and cursing a police officer. Instead of apologizing, he taunted the officers who arrested him and even attempt to take a video to post on social media.
“Huwag na huwag mong mumurahin ang mga pulis ko at tsaka barangay tanod dahil ginagawa namin ang trabaho namin. Kami, pinapatupad namin ang batas para ingatan kayo. Ikaw mumurahin mo lang kami?” Police Lieutenant Colonel Eugene Junsay Orate, Chief of Police, Sta Rosa scolding the intoxicated man.
When the man’s drunkenness turned out, he said he was sorry for what he had done. Meanwhile, authorities are begging and asking residents to obey and don’t be importunate against enhanced community quarantine.
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