Complaint against Senator Koko Pimentel
A formal complaint against Senator Koko Pimentel was filed due to his alleged community quarantine protocol violation.
When the news broke that the lawmaker has tested positive for COVID-19, instead of receiving sympathy, he earned criticisms. That was because he went to Makati Medical Center with his pregnant wife when he is supposed to be in isolation.
Aside from that, he was also spotted at a party and at a shopping depot when he was expected to observe the rules of community quarantine. In line with this, based on the report from GMA News Online, lawyer Rico Quicho has formally filed a criminal complaint against the lawmaker.
Reportedly, the lawyer has sent a letter-complaint to the Department of Justice (DOJ) thru email. The letter included a detailed “facts and circumstances that establish his direct violation of RA No. 11332 and its implementing rules and other DOH regulations.”
Based on the report, under RA No. 11332, these prohibitions are stated:
- non-cooperation of persons or entities that should report and/or respond to notifiable diseases or health events of public concern
- non-cooperation of persons who have been identified as having the notifiable disease, or those affected by the health event of public concern
If proven as a violator, a person should pay a fine of P20,000 to P50,000 and/or one to six months of imprisonment.
Atty. Quicho has stated this on his Facebook post regarding the complaint he filed against the Senator: “With this, I hope the DOJ will swiftly act and pursue legal actions against Senator Koko Pimentel. We trust that DOJ will be true to its commitment to the Filipino people to uphold the rule of law without fear or favor.”
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