Quarantine breach case vs Koko for resolution

July 24, 2020

THE breach of quarantine protocol case filed against Sen. Aquilino 'Koko' Pimentel III before the Department of Justice is now deemed submitted for resolution.

This was after the complainant, Atty. Rico Quicho, submitted his reply, while Pimentel filed his rejoinder, according to Posecutor General Benedicto Malcontento.

Pimentel was accused of violating quarantine protocols when he brought his pregnant wife to the Makati Medical Center last March despite showing symptoms of COVID-19. He later tested positive for the deadly infection but eventually recovered.

Quicho filed the letter-complaint against Pimentel before the DOJ, saying he used as basis for filing the complaint the online petition in Change.org calling for a formal case against the lawmaker.

"We are one with the Filipino people in condemning negligent and reckless acts which expose the public, especially our health workers to unnecessary risks."

"As a lawyer and advocate of the rule of law, I cannot in good conscience allow the reckless actions of Senator Koko Pimentel to be brushed aside so easily. He blatantly violated laws, which put the lives and health of frontliners and even ordinary citizens at grave risk."

"He has categorically admitted his breach without remorse. And yet because of his position, he is still not being made accountable. With this, I hope the DOJ will swiftly act and pursue legal actions against Senator Koko Pimentel. We trust that DOJ will be true to its commitment to the Filipino people to uphold the rule of law without fear or favor, " Quicho said.

Quicho was a former college of law dean of the University of Makati.