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Lapu police nab 170 people for using ECQ passes without control numbers

AROUND 170 people were nabbed during a roving conducted by the Lapu-Lapu City Police Office (LLCPO) in Lapu-Lapu Public Market on Monday, April 6, 2020, for violating the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) protocols implemented by the local government.

Together with LLCPO Director P/Col. Clarito Baja was Lapu-Lapu City Mayor Junard “Ahong” Chan after the team received a complaint about people still going around the market even without ECQ passes and some don’t have control numbers and names on their passes.

According to Baja, the violators were brought to the Lapu-Lapu City Sports Complex where they underwent a short seminar on the ECQ and were immediately released thereafter. He is encouraging Oponganons to bring their ECQ passes with control number, sealed by the local government and signed by the barangay captain, wherever they go.

Baja said: “They went home already. They were released per mayor’s instruction. What happened should serve as a warning. And they should bring the ECQ pass from the government wherever they go.”

Meanwhile, Association of Barangay Councils (ABC) president Eduardo Cuizon was shocked by the sudden operation conducted by the LLCPO.

According to Cuizon, during a meeting with the police and barangay captains on March 28, they had agreed to distribute the ECQ passes even without control numbers because they didn’t have enough time since the ECQ in the city started on March 29.

Cuizon assured his constituents that they started to distribute another batch of ECQ passes with control numbers so they won’t get apprehended again. He also assured that those who received passes are following the quarantine rules and that they are only allowed to go out to buy basic needs and/or medicines. (GCM / MMC)


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