34 parents of quarantine protocol violators arrested

Published July 16, 2020, 12:26 PM

by Minka Klaudia Tiangco

At least 34 parents of minors who were caught violating community quarantine guidelines have been arrested and will be facing charges filed by the Manila city government and police.

PARENTS BEAR THE BRUNT—Members of the Manila Department of Social Welfare and Manila Police District on Wednesday collar 34 parents whose children were caught out in public without face masks or during curfew hours. Earlier, Manila Mayor Francisco ‘Isko Moreno’ Domagoso ordered the arrest of ‘irresponsible’ parents for endangering their children and the public amid the COVID-19 pandemic. (Manila PIO photo)

This came days after Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso warned parents that they will be prosecuted if they allow their minor children to go out in public without face masks and during curfew hours.

Domagoso on Wednesday (July 15) said members of the Manila Department of Social Welfare (MDSW) and Manila Police District (MPD) rounded up parents from Barangays 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 221, and 228.

The arrested parents will be facing charges for violating City Ordinance No. 8243 or the Anti-Child Endangerment Ordinance of the City of Manila, and Republic Act No. 7610 or the Special Protection of Children Against Abuse, Exploitation, and Discrimination Act.

Those who cannot afford to post bail will have to stay in jail, the local chief executive said.

“We’re not happy about it. I am not happy. I don’t want to separate children and parents. But I will do that if you’re irresponsible parents. I will intervene as government to take care of our children or minors. That is also the job of the government, to intervene,” he said in his city address.

“I have to bite the bullet, I have to implement the law to keep the order in Manila,” he added.

The Manila mayor reiterated his call to parents to keep their children indoors and to take the threat of the coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) seriously.

“Hindi po biro ang panawagan ng pamahalaan at sigurado akong hindi nagbibiro ang COVID-19 (The calls of the city government are not a joke, and I am sure that COVID-19 is not joking),” he said.