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14 Attendees of Funeral Procession Amid Ban on Mass Gatherings Arrested

NEGROS OCCIDENTAL – 14 attendees of a funeral procession in Pulupundan, Negros Occidental were arrested for violating the ban on mass gatherings.

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In a report of Daily Guardian, fourteen persons were arrested for attending funeral procession at Barangay Zone 4, Pulupandan, Negros Occidental amid the strict implementation of general community quarantine guidelines, which prohibits mass gathering due to coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

At least 80 to 100 people are involved in the procession towards the cemetery, Police Major Junji Liba, town police chief said. Barangay chairman already warned them not to hold the event amid the strict implementation of social distancing measures in the town.

However, relatives and people closed to the person who died insisted and pursue the procession. As a result, they were accosted by police enforcing the quarantine guidelines in the area.

According to the report, Liba and his team saw the people gathers and continue the procession, as a result, they intercepted them. Liba said, a short chase prompted in the middle of the road after the attendees attempted to escape.

Out of 100 attendees, only 14 individuals were arrested while others have escape on board with their vehicles. Liba added, they allow the family of the deceased person to proceed to the cemetery, while the arrested persons were brought to police station.

More than 200 individuals were arrested for violating community quarantine protocols in the town, he said. And a total of 79 cases have to be filed against these people when government offices reopen.

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