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PH Government Speaks on Penalties for Quarantine Violators

PH GOVERNMENT – Malacañang said that not only civil but as well as criminal charges will be filed against the quarantine violators.

The Philippines once again tightened its borders amid the threat of a new variant of COVID-19, the Omicron variant. It was reported to be a “heavily-mutated” variant and it spread fast among different countries across the globe. The World Health Organization (WHO) warned nations to tighten curbs to fight its spread.

In the Philippines, four (4) cases of the Omicron variant were recorded. All patients were from abroad and were under quarantine upon their arrival to the country as per the protocols for all arriving passengers. However, recently, one traveler from the United States did not heed the call of the government.

Last December 22, a traveler from the U.S. identified as Gwyneth Chua arrived in the Philippines. However, by the following day, reports state that she partied. Five (5) days after her arrival to the country, she tested positive for COVID-19.

PH Government Spokesman Karlo Nograles
Photo lifted from Manila Bulletin

Amid the issue drawing different reactions from the people, the PH government set to file civil and criminal charges to those who will be violating the quarantine protocols. Based on a report on ABS-CBN News, acting presidential spokesman Karlo Nograles said that penalties will be at the “fullest extent of the law” for the quarantine violators.

Nograles further expressed that Malacañang will do what is necessary “to serve as example to all”. He also expressed that not only those who will violate the quarantine will be facing the charges but all responsible entities and it might include the establishment.

Based on the report, currently, the Philippine National Police (PNP) is already investigating the incident of the woman escaping the quarantine protocols. According to the Presidential Spokesman, there are already admissions based on what he knows and the authorities are still gathering the pieces of evidence to file the charges.

Chua remains in isolation. She was transferred to a different isolation facility last December 29.

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