PNP chief orders police to file a complaint against quarantine violator

Police are tasked with investigating the quarantine violation involving a woman in Makati City and monitoring the quarantine facilities to prevent the incident from happening again.

MANILA, Philippines – Philippine National Police Chief General Dionardo Carlos said on Friday (December 31) that he had asked the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) to lay the appropriate charges against the woman accused of violating quarantine protocols in Makati City.

Carlos said he issued the order on Thursday, December 30, based on instructions from Home Secretary Eduardo Año and Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles on the same day.

The PNP chief ordered the CIDG, the Investigation and Detective Management Directorate, the National Capital Region Police Bureau and the PNP Health Service to “investigate the case and bring forward the appropriate criminal charges. [against] anyone ”found in violation of the law.

This includes the management of the hotel allegedly paid by the woman and Quarantine Office staff allegedly involved.

The woman would have taken advantage of the “absent” quarantine by paying the establishment to avoid isolation. She then tested positive for COVID-19, as did several of her companions at a party.

The Department of Tourism (DOT) said the woman admitted to ignoring quarantine.

The DOT has also identified the hotel as the Berjaya Makati Hotel in Makati City. The department is conducting a separate investigation into Berjaya’s responsibility for the incident.

PNP has also been ordered to take additional measures to prevent similar incidents.

The police “will do the rounds, inspection and accounting of people in quarantine in designated quarantine hotels,” according to Carlos.

Año warned that “violators will be immediately charged with criminal charges”. –

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