General Camilo Pancratius Cascolan, chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP), has ordered the relief of the station commander of Ermita, Manila due to negligence amid the blatant violations of quarantine rules at the ‘white sand’ portion of the Manila Bay.
Police Lt. Col. Ariel Caramoan was reportedly sacked for his lack of initiative in controlling and managing the people crowding the Manila Bay to visit and take photos of the crushed dolomite portion of the Manila Bay.
In a statement, the JTF COVID Shield commander Police Lt. Gen. Guillermo Lorenzo Eleazar said Caramoan appeared to have failed to act on the situation in the past two days when people began to flock the Manila Bay.
“As the immediate area commander, Police Lt. Col. Ariel Caramoan should have taken the initiative in planning and implementing strict security and health safety measures for the opening of the cleaned and beautified portion of the Manila Bay,” said Eleazar.
Eleazar said the quarantine protocol violations could have prevented if there was a prior planning and regular monitoring of the situation at the Manila Bay.
“Clearly, he also failed to comply with the JTF COVID Shield order that was coordinated with the Chief PNP for all police commanders to monitor and immediately take action on violations of the quarantine protocols that are going viral in the social media,” said Eleazar.
Photos and videos of the Manila Bay white-sand Baywalk have been making the rounds of the social media not only for the rehabilitation done in the area but also for quarantine violations by visitors.
Most of the people are reportedly not following the social distancing rule while some people were not wearing face shield.
Caramoan will be replaced by Lt. Col. Alex Daniel who will serve as the Officer-In-Charge of the MPD Station 5 in Ermita.
Meanwhile, Eleazar appealed to the people going to the area to observe quarantine protocols.
“The JTF COVID Shield calls on the people who plan to visit the Manila Bay to observe discipline and be mindful of your own safety amid the threat of the Corona Virus Disease (COVID-19),” said Eleazar.