1,000 held for violating quarantine law in Calabarzon

POLICE Regional Office 4-A director Brig. Gen. Vicente Danao Jr. yesterday said that over 1,000 persons were arrested for violation of the community quarantine rule in the region.

Danao said over 700 of the violators were accosted by members of the Cavite Police Provincial Office headed by Col. Marlon Santos in the aftermath of the strict implementation of the Provincial Quarantine Rule as well as violation of the curfew hours, liquor ban and resistance, direct assault and disobedience to persons in authority.

The PRO4-A director said they have also recorded a 48 percent decrease in all Eight Focus Crimes in Calabarzon since they enforced the Enhanced Community Quarantine ordered by President Rodrigo Duterte and Philippine National Police chief Gen. Archie Francisco Gamboa.

He said that from March 8-14, they recorded 118 crimes in the region. However, the number dropped to 61 from March 16-21. 

The focus crimes include murder, homicide, physical injury, rape, robbery, theft, vehicle and motorcycle theft and special complex crimes.

Danao said that in particular, they recorded 12 murder cases in the region last week compared to the 25 recorded during the same week in 2019. 

Rape cases also went down to seven from 21 last year; physical injuries to 12 from 21 last year; robbery to six from 13 in 2019; and theft from 14 compared to 26 last year.

Santos said that last week, they put in jail 433 persons for violation of the quarantine rule as well as for drinking in public, violating the curfew hours and for resistance, direct assault and disobedience to authorities who accosted them.

The official said that last week also saw them arresting 15 drug suspects in the province and confiscating over P20,000 worth of shabu following six anti-narcotics operations in General Trias, Bacoor and Dasmariñas cities and in Naic municipality in Cavite.

Danao has placed all police forces in Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon under full alert and ordered 24-hour checkpoints in the entire region to help prevent the spread of the deadly COVID-19 virus.