Guevarra reminds local prosecutors to be on call

March 20, 2020

Government prosecutors specifically those assigned in local prosecutor's office have been reminded to remain on call under the enhanced community quarantine which was imposed by President Duterte to stop the spread of the feared COVID-19.

Guevarra issued the reminder after receiving reports that dozens of persons who violated the curfew ordinance were not able to post bail due to the absence of prosecutors and technical staff during inquest proceedings.

“I will ask PG Malcontento (Prosecutor General Benedicto Malcontento) to look into this ASAP (as soon as possible),” Guevarra said.

Guevarra issued Department Circular No. 008-A on March 13, which stated that:

“During the period of public health emergency, the conduct of all inquest proceedings shall continue and shall proceed in accordance with the Rules of Court and existing rules and guidelines of the Department of Justice, including guidelines on the designation of inquest prosecutors on duty and the necessary staff therefore. "

President Duterte placed the entire Luzon including Metro Manila under the enhanced community quarantine to stop the spread of the feared virus COVID-19.

A memorandum from Malacañang on the enhanced quarantine guides government agencies to ensure the following:

Prohibition of mass gatherings and imposition of strict home quarantine among all households;

Work-from-home arrangement for the executive branch;

Only essential establishments are to remain open (those private establishments providing basic necessities and such activities related to food and medicine production i.e. public markets, supermarkets, groceries, convenience stores, hospitals, medical clinics, pharmacies and drug stores, food preparation and delivery services, water-refilling stations, manufacturing and processing plants of basic food products and medicines, power energy, water and telecommunications)

Suspension of mass public transport facilities; Restricted land, air and sea travel; and Labor, social welfare, finance, budget and trade departments to come up with programs for affected workers and businesses.