Three Chinese nationals were arrested on Wednesday after attempting to smuggle liquor at a quarantine checkpoint in Muntinlupa City despite the city’s liquor ban.
The suspects were identified as Dai Bizhu, Wang Peng Li, and Wang Peng Wen.
According to Muntinlupa City Police, authorities stopped a black SUV at a quarantine control point in Barangay Alabang, Muntinlupa.
Police noticed that only one of the riders had a quarantine pass. When the vehicle’s compartment was opened, 32 boxes of beer were discovered. It was here that the suspects were arrested.
According to the Muntinlupa police investigation section chief Allan Cabral, the suspects apologized.
“Isa po doon sa Chinese national, birthday po ng tatay. Papunta po sila sa Sta. Cruz, Manila. Patawad daw po, e hindi po puwedeng patawad lang. Kailangan pong ikulong sila at masampahan ng kaukulang kaso,” said Cabral.
(One of the Chinese national’s father is celebrating his birthday. They were going to Sta. Cruz, Manila. They said sorry, but we cannot just accept apologies. They need to be detained and charged with the appropriate case.)
Due to the incident, police and barangay police became more stringent in securing the barangay since this is not the first time they have arrested Chinese nationals who violated the liquor ban in their area.
“Unang-una po yung sa isang condominium, nakakalungkot na nakalagay pa po ito sa isang relief box para lang mailusot papunta sa kanilang condominium. Ito po muli ay Chinese national,” said Tintin Abas, chairman of the barangay.
(The first case is in a condominium, it’s unfortunate that it was placed in a relief box just to sneak them into their condominium. The suspect is a Chinese national again.)
CENRO personnel in Las Piñas underwent COVID test
The staff of the City Environment and Natural Resources Office in Las Piñas City underwent the COVID test, authorities said Thursday.
City employees are leading the cleanup and disinfecting of roads. They are also responsible for providing relief goods to city residents.
According to Police Maj. Gilbert Valera of the Las Piñas Police chief operation, 1,607, underwent a swab test, including health workers and frontliners.
In the latest city records, there are 212 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the area. There are 59 suspected cases, while three are probable cases.