MAKATI City Police Station chief, Colonel Rogelio P. Simon yesterday told the Journal Group he is in the pink of health and busy supervising his men in their anti-criminality operations and enforcement of the Enhanced Community Quarantine in the entire city to prevent the spread of the deadly COVID-19 virus.
“I’m fine and well and contrary to reports is not exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms,” said the member of the Philippine National Police Academy Class 1995 as he forwarded pictures of him taken on Monday while he was supervising one of their Quarantine Control Points (QCPs) in Barangay Pembo.
National Capital Region Police Office director, Major General Debold M. Sinas earlier ordered the NCRPO Health Service to check Simon amid reports he has been exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms.
However, Simon said that as of press time yesterday, he is in good health and not a single doctor from the NCRPO or the Southern Police District had come to visit him.
“Me and my men are fine and regularly conducting our anti-criminality and other duties to enforce social distancing and the enhanced community quarantine in the city of Makati,” the official said.
Maj. Gen. Sinas has ordered the distribution of multi-vitamins as well as face masks and gloves to NCRPO personnel manning Quarantine Checkpoints all over Metro Manila in order to protect them from the virus.
Acting on an instruction from Department of Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo M. Año, the NCRPO chief likewise ordered all five NCRPO District Directors to strictly enforce the quarantine rule in all communities in their areas.
“I am ordering increased mobile and foot patrols to force inside their homes. We have to go after people who are doing nothing but talk with their neighbors or even drink in public,” Sinas said.
However, he ordered his men to allow the unhampered passage of people with quarantine pass specifically healthy and other essential workers.
Sinas said he is seeing to it that his officers and men are protected too from the virus since they are being confronted by possible COVID-19 carriers as they man their checkpoints.
Police are also under orders from PNP chief, Gen. Archie Francisco F. Gamboa to ensure stringent social distancing measures and prohibit mass gatherings, either planned or spontaneous. Sinas vowed to order the arrest of people who will violate the ‘community quarantine’ program and charge them with violation of the quarantine law and other provisions of the Revised Penal Code.