COVID-19 Positive Patients to Charge with “Murder” for Infecting Others

Irresponsible COVID-19 Positive Patients Infecting Others to Charge with “Murder”

Irresponsible patients who are positive with COVID-19 will be charged with “murder” if they were caught neglecting protocols and infecting others.

Those who are aware that they have COVID-19 and fail to take precautions to avoid infecting others may be held accountable in a murder case. During President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s Monday night Talk to the People, the Chief Executive appeared to support Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Sec. Salvador Panelo’s request for harsher sanctions for individuals who continue to breach the government’s health guidelines.

“Kasi iyong unang sitwasyon hindi niya alam na may sakit siya, baka nahawa lang siya, kaya kung iyon po ay namatay pupwede iyon pumasok sa homicide. Pero kung maselan ito na sugat o injury, maaaring reckless imprudence resulting to physical injury or depende kung serious or less serious,” Panelo explained.

“Pero kung alam niya, at pumunta sa isang lugar at may sakit siya ng coronavirus, at namatay, ay iyan po ay talagang sadyang pagpatay iyan. Iyan po ay papasok sa murder sapagkat intentional,” Panelo added.

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The President’s response was “Iyong sabi mong murder, although medyo malayo siguro sa isip ng tao iyan, but it is possible. If he knows that he is sick with COVID-19, and he goes about nonchalant, papasyal pasyal ka lang diyan.”

Panelo’s proposal was likewise accepted by Duterte, who viewed their negligence as reckless imprudence. “Pero it could be murder sabi ni Sal. At iyang reckless imprudence, mas swak doon sa sitwasyon na iyon.”

According to the Panel, persons who breach health protocols can be held liable in cases of resistance or disobedience to authorities, as well as violations of Republic Act No. 11332, or the Mandatory Reporting of Notifiable Diseases and Health Events of the Public Health Concern Act.

The Philippine National Police (PNP), on the other hand, continues to record infractions of health norms, according to Secretary of the Department of Interior and Local Government Eduardo Ao. More than 1,000 cases have been filed in court, according to the Secretary.

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