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200 Individuals Detained By Manila Police for Violating COVID-19 Protocols

Police officers in Manila detained 200 individuals after caught violating COVID-19 minimum health protocols and violating curfew hours.

Police officers in Manila detained 20 people, including bar customers and bar staff. According to a GMA News article, the bar was discovered open and running at 10:30 p.m., despite the violation of the MECQ curfew.

200 Individuals Detained in Manila
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In addition to violating the curfew, bar patrons were seen breaking distancing protocols and not wearing face masks. Some of them were even caught smoking in public, which is illegal in this area.

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A belligerent UK national, whose police officers had to subdue and handcuff, was one of the bar’s foreign customers. According to the police report, the detained foreign national is resisting arrest.

“Resisting arrest siya, disobedience eh. Nakita niyo naman kung anong asal niya,” said Ermita police commander Police Lieutenant Colonel Evangeline Cayaban.

The foreign national, on the other hand, said that he had done nothing wrong. The people arrested at the bar, as well as those arrested across Manila for violating pandemic protocol, were taken to a plaza where police took down their personal details.

Cayaban also mentioned that if they are caught breaking protocols again, they will face criminal charges. For now, they will be given some guidance and told why they were arrested, after which they will be allowed to return home.

The reportedly uncooperative foreign national, on the other hand, was taken to the Manila police headquarters. He may face charges of disobedience to persons in positions of authority as well as a breach of the quarantine protocol.

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