By Jhon Aldrin Casinas
San Juan City residents will be arrested and slapped with appropriate charges, fines and penalties if they are caught violating the “enhanced community quarantine” being enforced in the city, Mayor Francis Zamora said.
The local chief executive made the warning as he stressed that the city government is serious in its implementation of the quarantine.
“Mahigpit ang ating kautusan sa ating mga kapulisan at opisyales ng lahat ng ating barangay na hulihin ang sinumang lalabag dito (We have ordered the police and the officials of the barangays to arrest any person who is not following this guideline),” Zamora said.
“Ang sinumang lalabag sa kautusang ito ay makakasuhan at mapaparusahan sa ilalim ng batas ng Republika ng Pilipinas base sa direktiba ng Inter Agency Task Force laban sa COVID-19 (Whoever will not follow this order will be charged and penalized under the laws of the country based on the directive of the Inter Agency Task Force to fight COVID-19),” he warned.
On March 16, President Duterte placed the island of Luzon under an “enhanced community quarantine” following the rise of COVID-19 cases in the country.
The quarantine seeks to limit the movement of people to prevent the further spread of the disease.
As part of its measures in fighting the disease, the San Juan City government passed an ordinance to enforce curfew in the city starting 8 p.m. until 5 a.m. the next day.
Those going out to buy food or medical supplies are required to present a “home quarantine pass” issued by the barangay.
From March 17 to 19, the city government said 48 people were reprimanded for violating the quarantine.
According to the latest tally of the local government, San Juan City currently has 35 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with three confirmed deaths.
“Sa panahon ngayon ay kailangan nating lahat na maging responsableng mga San Juaneño, manatili sa loob ng bahay para makapagligtas ng buhay (At this time, we all nee to act as responsible San Juaneno; continue to stay at home to save lives),” Zamora said.