Gen. Guillermo Lorenzo Eleazar, chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP), ordered on Tuesday, the Manila Police District (MPD) look into the possibility of filing charges against more people for their involvement in the street boxing match in Tondo.
Based on the recent update, the MPD has already filed charges for the street boxing event against a barangay official and two other persons for violating guidelines issued by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases as well as illegal gambling and game-fixing.
“I commend our local policemen for acting decisively and immediately filing charges against the barangay councilor and two other persons behind this illegal activity. It is really disappointing that it is a barangay official himself who is supposed to lead by example was the one who organized a potential super spreader,” said Eleazar.
Eleazar said that the local police should continue its investigation to identify and possibly file charges against the participants and spectators in the match because none of them observed the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic guidelines and minimum health standards.
To emphasize his point, Eleazar cited the recent development in the viral violation of quarantine protocols at the Gubat sa Ciudad resort in Caloocan City wherein four of them already tested positive for the coronavirus.
“Just imagine if this happened to you. This is the reason why we keep on reminding the public to strictly observe the minimum health safety protocol,” said Eleazar.