14 people in Tabuk face charges for ECQ violations

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TABUK CITY, Kalinga – A total of fourteen people are facing charges for violations of Article 151 of the Revised Penal Code or resistance and disobedience to a person in authority and Republic Act (RA) 11332 or the “Mandatory Reporting of Notifiable Diseases and Health Events of Public Health Concern Act” during the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) imposed here from March 17 to April 30, 2020.

This is based on the data gathered from the Tabuk City Police Station (PNP-Tabuk).

Those who were charged with violating RA 11332 were the two persons under monitoring (PUM) who defied quarantine protocols at the Talaca checkpoint in late March, PNP-Tabuk said.



From March 17 to May 31, PNP-Tabuk apprehended a total of 219 violators of rules and ordinances implemented during the community quarantine, the data showed.

Of the 219 violators that included 12 minors, 160 were referred to their respective barangays where they received disciplinary action.

“Their offenses range from violating curfew to loitering outside without a quarantine pass,” Police Colonel Radino Belly said in Ilocano in an interview on Monday. “We also caught many who were not wearing masks but we just gave them a mask and reprimanded them so that they won’t have a record,” he said.

It will be recalled that during the ECQ, Tabuk City imposed a curfew from 8:00 PM to 4:00 AM and issued quarantine passes to restrict the movement of people.

From May 1 to 4, during which Tabuk was under General Community Quarantine (GCQ), four individuals were arrested for violating Republic Act No. 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, the data showed.

Meanwhile, 14 individuals were arrested during the same period for violating Presidential Decree 1602 or the Anti-Gambling Act.

By Iryll Sicnao

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