Lawyers to File Complaint Against Koko Pimentel for Breaching Quarantine Protocols
Lawyers and law students readies to file group compliant against Senator Koko Pimentel for breaching quarantine protocols.
In a report of Philstar, Lawyer Rico Quicho said that he is drafting a complaint against Pimentel who tested positive for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Quicho took social media to call out lawyers and law students to stand as one and file a complaint against Pimentel.
“Koko inaaral na namin at magfifile kami ng Complaint. Sa lahat ng gustong sumali, tulungan tayo. Hanep naman kung papalagpasin natin ito. Law students and lawyers unite. Protect natin mga medical practitioners sa mga ganitong tao,” he wrote on his Facebook post.
As per a report, a complaint is being readied after he violated quarantine protocols and went to Makati Medical Center exposing medical staff to the novel coronavirus before he knew he was positive.
Quicho’s statement came after Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said they had not yet ordered an investigation into the truth to Pimentel. Quicho called the DOJ “indifference” and claimed that Pimentel clearly violated the law.
“Hindi dahilan ang excitement para expose ang madaming tao at mga medical practitioners sa kapahamakan. Anong human compassion? Libu-libo hinuhuli on the spot for violation of ECQ (enhanced community quarantine). Kasi nga kailangan social distancing,” he said.
“Bakit kapag ordinaryong mamamayan ang dali niyong ipahiya, saktan at hulihin. Kapag si Koko at mga VIP puro kayo palusot at nagaabogado pa kayo sa kanila. Double standard na, whitewash pa. Kaya patuloy tayong magtulungan,” he added.
According to the Republic Act No. 11332, or Mandatory Reporting Notifiable Diseases and Health Events of Public Health Concern Act, violators of quarantine guidelines will be penalized and be arrested for “non-cooperation” even if they did not seriously disobey authorities and will pay the fine of P20,000 to P50,000 and/or one to six months of imprisonment.
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