PNP Prohibits “Harsh Penalties” to Violators of Quarantine Protocols
The Philippine National Police (PNP) now prohibited the “harsh penalties” given to some individuals who will be caught violating quarantine protocols.
PNP spokesperson Police Brigadier General Ildebrandi Usana said during state-run PTV’s Laging Handa briefing on Saturday, the PNP does not tolerate reported harsh penalities given to individuals violating protocols such as curfew and health standards.
The announcement came after the death of a curfew violator who was allegedly forced to do 300 rounds of pumping exercise by police officers. Usana said that they will immediately look into it if violators experience punishments that are not in accordance with the ordinance.
“We are not tolerating this… Kung may nakaranas ng hindi naaayon sa ordinances, ito ay bibigyan ng pansin ng PNP,” PNP spokesperson said.
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Usana had earlier said that the penalties for quarantine violations would be based only on Republic Act 11332 or the “Law on Reporting of Communicable Diseases” and the corresponding ordinances implemented by the local government units.
Recently, Cavite Police Provincial Office (PPO) has relieved the chief of General Trias after a curfew violator died due to intense exercise given to them as their punishment. Two other quarantine violators give a sworn statement regarding the controversial physical exercise.
Police Lieutenant Colonel Marlo Solero denied excessive punishment of curfew violators through physical exercise. But the PNP only based on the sworn statements of two other violators.
Usana added that since enhanced community quarantine was re-imposed on the National Capital Region (NCR) Plus bubble, a total of 47,149 violations were recorded by police personnel at quarantine control points.
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