MANILA – Philippine National Police chief Gen. Camilo Cascolan has ordered the police station commander in charge of the Manila Bay dismissed from his post Sunday after his men failed to control the massive crowd that converged to see the newly opened beachfront featuring artificial white sand in Manila Bay.
Lt. Col. Ariel Caramoan, commander of the Ermita police station which has jurisdiction over Manila’s Baywalk, accordingly failed to enforce social distancing amid the general community quarantine (GCQ) prompting Cascolan to fire him from his post.
Cascolan said Caramoan should be held responsible for the botched implementation of minimum health protocols.
Photos of overcrowding overflowed on social media posts aside from videos of people swarming Roxas Boulevard on Sunday morning.
“The reason is he (Caramoan) could’ve prevented that from happening. (Last Saturday), we have seen people flocking already and it has been highlighted to expect that come (Sunday), many people will visit too,” Joint Task Force COVID Shield Commander Lt. Gen. Guillermo Eleazar said.
Photos from visitors, police, and local government showed more or less a hundred people bunched together shoulder to shoulder, taking photos of the beach.
As a result, authorities ordered the Manila Bay closed until after a vaccine against coronavirus is already available.