By Jhon Aldrin Casinas
Former senator Jinggoy Estrada was arrested on Sunday (May 3) in San Juan City over his alleged violation of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).
San Juan City Police chief Col. Jaime Santos said the former lawmaker violated the “stay-at-home” order being implemented in the city after leading the distribution of fish at a barangay in San Juan recently.
He said Estrada’s group had no permit from the local government for their relief operations.
“Social distancing was not followed,” Santos told the Manila Bulletin a phone interview.
Following the imposition of the quarantine, the Ejercito-Estrada family has been conducting relief operations in San Juan through the Misyon Foundation of Estrada’s daughter, Janella.
Estrada previously slammed San Juan City Mayor Francis Zamora, accusing him of sabotaging Janella’s relief efforts.
According to Estrada, Zamora moved to stop the operation of Janella’s “rolling store” over its alleged violation of social distancing and lack of permit from the local government.
According to the live video on Janella’s Facebook page, Estrada was still at the police station as of the time of this posting.
Zamora said that the arrest of Estrada was because of the monitoring conducted by the Philippine National Police (PNP) and national government over suspected violations of the quarantine in the metro.
“This is an initiative of the PNP,” he said in a phone interview.
Zamora said Estrada was arrested because he is unauthorized to be outside his residence during the quarantine period.
The national government has earlier set the guidelines for those exempted to be outside during the quarantine such as health workers, essential personnel, those heading out to buy basic necessities, and those going out for emergency purposes.
The mayor also stressed that Estrada did not coordinate with the city government before conducting the distribution of fish to San Juan residents in the past days.
“Any person who wants to conduct relief operations must secure a certification,” he said.
During the distribution, the mayor said that social distancing was not followed as well as the proper handling of fishes.
“Everyone has to follow the rules,” Zamora said. “No one is above the law.”