Over 1,300 arrested for violating curfew in Bacolod

A TOTAL of 1,317 persons in Bacolod City were arrested by Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) for violating the curfew hours from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m.

Police Lieutenant Colonel Ariel Pico, spokesperson of BCPO, said on Tuesday, March 31, that from March 15 to 31, a total 1, 317 persons were arrested in various areas of Bacolod.

“They were arrested by Police Stations 1 to 10 here with the Bacolod Mobile Patrol Group of BCPO,” he said.

He added on March 15 to 21, BCPO arrested a total of 728 violators. On March 22 to 28, they arrested a total of 506 violators and another 83 violators on March 29 to 31.

Pico noted that most of the violators were given a warning and were released, but the 30 violators who were arrested on March 31 will be charged for violation of Article 151 of Revised Penal Code for disobedience to person in authority.

Leonardia issued Executive Order (EO) No. 22 providing for the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of EO No. 21, Series of 2020.

The mayor earlier said there will be an implementation of the curfew hours from 10 p.m. until 4 a.m. of the following day. These restricted hours shall require any person to already have returned to his/her home and stay there at until the lapse of the restriction.

For this purpose, guardians shall take responsibility over their minor children or wards in observing the curfew. Any person failing or refusing to observe this curfew measure may be dealt with appropriate by the PNP as regards the inimical act committed in violation of public order.

The following shall be exempt from these curfew measures in the performance of their duties: medical personnel and persons needing emergency medical help; night shift workers at pharmacies and drugstores; security guards; business process outsourcing (BPO) workers; public utility emergency personnel; the firefighters and other disaster relief personnel; priest and ministers performing last sacrament or last rites; and public utility vehicle drivers servicing all of the above.

Pico urged the cooperation of Bacolodnons in the implementation of the enhanced community quarantine to follow the curfew and stay at home to prevent and control the spread of coronavirus disease (Covid-19).


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