Police Ordered to Monitor Social Media in Search of Quarantine Violators
Police commanders are directed to monitor social media posts to find individuals violating health protocols during the quarantine period.
Lt. Gen. Guillermo Eleazar, commander of the Joint Task Force COVID Shield, issued the directive on Saturday. This after he received reports that netizens shared some photos of themselves with accomplice holding events that violate quarantine protocols.
“The social media are full of photos and evidence of hardheaded people deliberately violating the quarantine protocols. These can be used as pieces of evidence to warn, to fine and to summon the people concerned in coordination with the barangay officials concerned,” Eleazar said
Photos or videos being shared and being spread online are those who hold drinking sessions and pillion riding motorcycle violators, Eleazar said. Eleazar also appealed to other netizens to report violators of the coronavirus quarantine to authorities.
According to the report of the Inquirer, Elezar also warned that sanctions would be imposed against those who participated in drinking sessions especially if their local governments had issued ordinances banning the consumption of alcohol in public places.
Figures from the JTF COVID Shield, a task force implementing quarantine protocols, show more than 365,000 have been arrested for lockdown policy violations since mid-March.
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