Manila ECQ violators exceed 5K in one week

Manila ECQ violators exceed 5K in one week

MANILA – The Manila Police District (MPD) has caught more than 5,000 enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) violators since it was reimposed on March 29.

MPD chief Brig. Gen. Leo Francisco warned on Tuesday that more will be apprehended as policemen intensify operations.

Data provided to the Philippine News Agency also indicated 489 curfew (6 p.m. to 5 a.m.) violators were caught on Monday.

“Everyday talagang may huli kamiSimula sa 1,000, ngayon nasa 400 something sa curfew. Sa ECQ, yun naman yung sa umaga bago mag-curfew, ‘yan yung mga unauthorized persons outside of residence, may huli rin kami (Everyday we apprehend violators. From 1,000, we are now down to 400 during curfew. With ECQ, or during daytime before curfew, we apprehend mostly those who are unauthorized persons outside their residence),” Francisco said in an interview.

From March 29 until April 4, MPD has listed 5,598 apprehensions, apart from the March 29 to April 6 data of 4,693 curfew violators.

Among the violations are drinking in public, going out half-naked, urinating or smoking in public places, anti-noise or the use of videoke outside prescribed hours (7 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily except Sunday), and obstruction of justice.

Francisco also warned residents living inside gated subdivisions and condominiums that the MPD may enter their premises if they receive complaints.

He then asked for the public’s cooperation to defeat the coronavirus disease pandemic by following minimum health and safety standards and other protocols mandated by the Inter-Agency Task Force.

He reminded citizens may text their complaints to 2920 and to specify the streets or the address where there are observed violations. (PNA)

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