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Philippine police to arrest quarantine violators

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MANILA (Philippine Daily Inquirer) — The Philippine National Police or PNP will arrest quarantine violators amid a growing number of coronavirus cases in the country.

PNP chief Gen. Archie Gamboa said he has ordered the National Capital Region or NCR police director to look for detention facilities of people caught violating the enhanced community quarantine measures on the northern and main island of Luzon.

“I also required the regional director of NCR to prepare per district a facility where to put those who will be caught. And I asked him to reserve some space [at the] Bicutan [detention center]. So all of these things are being prepared because we expect massive arrests if the people will continue to disobey.”

From March 17 to April 19, about 133,000 people were found violating quarantine guidelines, Gamboa said. Some of them are facing charges while the rest received a warning, he added.

Should there be a “martial law-like” implementation of the quarantine rules as earlier mentioned by President Rodrigo Duterte, Gamboa said there will be no warnings before arrests are made.

The president has warned that he will order the military and police to enforce “martial law-like” lockdown measures if violations of the enhanced community quarantine continue to rise.

As of Sunday, there were 6,259 confirmed cases of the coronavirus disease in the country. Of the number, 409 have died and 572 have recovered.

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