PNP chief Gen Archie Gamboa ordered to find more detention facilities as there could be “massive arrest” if the quarantine violations continue to increase.
Gamboa tasked the National Capital Region (NCR) regional police director to find more detention facilities for the people caught violating the enhanced community quarantine measures imposed in the entire Luzon.
“I also required the regional director of NCR to prepare per district kung saan ilalagay itong mga taong mahuhuli. And then mag-reserve din siya doon sa Bicutan. So all of these things are being prepared because we expect massive arrest kung hindi talaga susunod yung mga tao,” Gamboa said in an interview over dzMM.
(I also required the regional director of NCR to prepare per district to where they will put those who will be arrested. We will also make reservations in Bicutan. So all of these things are being developed because we expect a massive arrest if the people would continue to disobey.)
PNP data showed that there are about 133,000 quarantine violators from March 17 to April 19.
“As a matter of fact, yung iba dito talagang finile-an ng kaso, may inquest, may regular filing, 30,000 of them,” he said.
(As a matter of fact, some of them were filed with charges, there’s inquest and regular filing, about 30,000 of them.)
PNP chief threatens massive arrest
The PNP chief also said the “martial law-like” implementation of the quarantine rules means violators could be arrested without warnings.
President Rodrigo Duterte warned last week that he might be forced to impose the “martial law-like” ECQ if the violations persist.
“Ang emphasis naman doon is implementation talaga ng rules. Pero pag sinabi namang martial law, siguro the President would like to emphasize na we really make some arrests. Dito kase sa nirereport kong 130,000, around 96,000 were just warned,” Gamboa said.
(The emphasis there was really on the implementation of the rules. When he said martial law, the President would like to emphasize that we would really make some arrests because of the 130,000 violators, around 96,000 were simply warned.)
As of this posting, the Philippines has 6,259 cases, 409 deaths, and 572 recoveries.