By Betheena Kae Unite
After two of its personnel were caught violating the anti-pillion riding regulation amid the general community quarantine, the Philippine Coast Guard ordered all its personnel not to duplicate the act and strictly follow policies crafted to prevent further transmission of the coronavirus disease.
“It has come to the attention of the Command that two personnel of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) were found violating the interagency task force (IATF) regulation against motorcycle pillion riding or back riding amid general community quarantine in the National Capital Region,” the Coast Guard said in a statement.
A photograph of two Coast Guard personnel circulated online when it was uploaded by a concerned citizen around 4 p.m. on June 3. Clad in Coast Guard uniform, they were seen back riding on a motorcycle.
“The Command does not tolerate such physical distancing violation committed by its personnel who themselves are tasked to ensure the strict compliance of the general public on said IATF regulation amid the ongoing pandemic,” the organization stated.
This prompted the Coast Guard to issue an administrative order, directing its personnel to strictly observe all regulations imposed by the IATF, specifically the ban on motorcycle pillion riding.
The Coast Guard also encouraged concerned citizens, who may witness further violations committed by PCG personnel or other law enforcement officers, to immediately report to authorities for appropriate actions.
“The Command will support the efforts of the Department of Interior and Local Government to ensure that said violators will face the consequences of their actions,” the Coast Guard added while it has yet to reveal what actions it has done on the violators’ case.