POLICE apprehended 2,807 persons for various quarantine violations on the first day of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) in the National Capital Region (NCR) and provinces of Bulacan, Laguna, Cavite and Rizal.
Philippine National Police (PNP) records showed that 1,303 were warned, 1,097 were fined, 154 were penalized with community service and 252 were released from detention pending the filing of charges against them.
Some were apprehended for not wearing face masks or face shields while some were found violating the prohibition on mass gatherings.
PNP spokesperson Brigadier General Ildebrandi Usana said policemen on the ground had to deal with persons who are not authorized to go outside their residences, including children.
Plenty of public utility vehicle drivers were not aware of the limited capacity imposed by the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases.
Under the new ECQ guidelines, public transportation is not suspended but operations are limited to 50 percent of capacity. As a result, a lot of commuters had to wait for hours or had to walk.
PUVs, however, are not covered by the 6 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew in the ECQ areas. (SunStar Philippines)