By Rey Panaligan
The Supreme Court (SC) has ordered Judge Cresenciana Cruz of the regional trial court (RTC) in Nabunturan, Compostela Valley to explain reports that she celebrated her birthday last week in her office with court personnel in violation of the guidelines on social distancing.
A statement issued by the SC’s public information office (PIO) stated that Judge Cruz treated her staff to a buffet “in violation of quarantine guidelines.”
Court Administrator Jose Midas P. Marquez was ordered to investigate and to submit his report in 15 days.
A violation of social distancing as a measure against the spread of coronavirus disease is a criminal act under the law on public health emergency.
Earlier, the Philippine National Police (PNP) had filed criminal complaints against Metro Manila police chief Major General Debold Sinas and 18 other cops for celebrating a birthday party in violation of quarantine rules, particularly social distancing.
The complaints were filed before the Taguig City prosecutor’s office for violation of the city’s Ordinance No. 12-2020 which requires the wearing of face masks and the enforcement of social distancing.
Sinas and his group were also accused of violating Republic Act No. 11332, or the Mandatory Reporting of Notifiable Diseases and Health Events of Public Health Concern Act.
The complaints are still pending preliminary investigation.