Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary Menardo I. Guevarra on Thursday, August 5, warned the public against spreading misinformation on measures that would be imposed under enhanced community quarantine in the National Capital Region (NCR).
“There is a standing DOJ directive to the NBI (National Bureau of Investigation) to track down people maliciously and willfully spreading false information in cyberspace,” said Guevarra, who is also a member of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF).
NCR will be under ECQ starting Friday, Aug. 6 until Aug. 20 in a move to to avert the spread of the Delta variant of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
Guevarra issued the warning after learning of a number of false pieces of information being spread to the public that the NCR will be placed under stricter ECQ.
There was a misinformation that during the ECQ unvaccinated persons will be arrested if they are caught outside their homes even if they are authorized persons outside residence (APORs), he said.
Guevarra pointed out that the IATF has already clarified that “in view of the fact that many people in the NCR have not been vaccinated due to supply constraints, there will be no distinctions in the meantime between APORs who have been vaccinated and those who have not received their jabs during the ECQ in the NCR.”
He said the IATF and even the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) have been communicating the IATF guidelines to local governments units (LGUs) down to the barangays.
He suspects that “something is lost somehow when the information is cascaded below.”
“I will request the IATF to further strengthen its communication efforts,” he assured.