150 soldiers to enforce ‘hard lockdown’ in Sampaloc

ABOUT 150 soldiers were posted in various barangays to enforce the ‘hard lockdown’ imposed by Mayor Isko Moreno in Sampaloc, beginning at 8 p.m tonight (April 23) up to 8 p.m. of April 25, 2020.

The soldiers will augment the Manila Police District (MPD) and the barangay in ensuring that  no one will violate the lockdown, during which surveillance, testing and swabbing of residents suspected of having COVID-19 will be done.

Moreno’s order came after Sampaloc continued topping the areas in Manila with the most number of confirmed and ‘suspect’ cases, increasing even more by the day.

The lockdown pursuant to Executive Order 21, also assigned four covered courts where the local government will bring arrested violators.

Moreno said all quarantine passes are cancelled during the lockdown so that no one will have any reason to be seen out in the street.

Meanwhile, the Manila Police District (MPD) announced that six persons, including a Chinese national, were arrested on Tondo, Manila for hoarding medical supplies and vitamins.

Nabbed in an entrapment operation for hoarding face masks and vitamins which they resell at higher prices were Dong Li, a Chinese national;  Andrew Gan Cua,  Israel Najera, Ropy Dejucos, Ike Valenciano and Teodoro Bernabe, Jr.  Police said the vitamins also did not have the required approval from the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA).

Seized were three boxes of facemasks worth P169,000, 18 boxes of  multivitamins in capsule forms worth P72,000 and a box of test kits worth P180,000.

The suspects have been charged before the Manila Prosecutors’ Office for violation of the Bayanihan Act, Consumer Act, Price Act and Mandatory Reporting of Notifiable Diseases at Health Events of Public Health Concern Act.