By Jann Reymund Tatad
SAN ANDRES, Catanduanes – A shipping line here has placed one of its ship captains on a 30-day preventive suspension beginning May 2, after he allegedly allowed his brother to hide in the ship’s journey to the province without following the government’s quarantine protocol.
According to ENS Omar Warren Quejencio, chief of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) in Catanduanes, the ship captain admitted giving his brother a ride to the province “out of pity”.
His brother had reportedly come from Cavite, and was not considered an authorized person outside of residence (APOR).
Officials were allegedly alarmed at how the captain’s brother was able to make it directly to their family residence in this town without submitting himself to the mandatory 14-day quarantine.
After these reports reached the shipping line management, they immediately released a memorandum addressed to the captain, placing him on a 30-day preventive suspension.
The company clarified that the suspension was not a penalty, but a part of their preventive measures to secure the safety of their employees.
Moreover, the Captain was given a duration of five calendar days to respond to the memorandum, and explain his side regarding the circumstance.
Furthermore, final decision on penalizing the ship captain will be rendered after due investigation, based on available records including his explanation and supporting affidavits.