2 PUMs, 4 others held for violating ECQ in Ecija

CABANATUAN CITY – Two PUMs (Persons Under Monitoring) for possible COVID-19 infection who were supposed to be under home quarantine were arrested along with four others for breaking enhanced quarantine checkpoint protocols in separate incidents in Nueva Ecija on Tuesday. 

In Licab, barangay officials led by chairman Mandy T. Ramos nabbed a 20-year-old construction worker from Bgy. Aquino for violating Mayor Eufemia Domingo’s executive order 43 on enhanced community quarantine due to COVID-19. 

The suspect, a nephew of Bgy. Captain Ramos, who was considered a PUM for formerly working in Pampanga, was allegedly drunk and only wearing upper garments when he was accosted at the checkpoint manned by the barangay official at 2:10 p.m.

Also nabbed in Gabaldon, Nueva Ecija was a 53-year-old driver from Bgy. Calabasa, tagged as a PUM for previously working in Tacloban, Leyte.

Police nabbed him becuse he was supposed to be under home quarantine but he defied the said orders and even went out of the house and tried to evade a barangay enhanced community quarantine outpost at 8 p.m.

The arrested suspect is now under police custody at an isolation facility of the rural health unit.

In Zaragosa, police nabbed two riding-in-tandem motorcycle men for violating the ECQ checkpoint protocols being put up in Bgy. San Vicente at 11:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Police head, Major Jaime Ferrer identified the arrested duo as siblings Raymond Lumanlan, 27, and Vincent Lumanlan, both of Bgy. H. Romero, Zaragoza.  

Also arrested in Pantabangan town during the implementation of strict ECQ were backhoe operator Willie Sapon, 45, of Purok 1, Bgy. Ganduz and Julio Barcelo, 50, farmer, of Bgy. Conversion. A third suspect, identified as Michael Sapon, 24, a Petron Gas station supervisor, of Bgy. Ganduz, evaded arrest.

They were accosted while roaming the streets under the influence of liquor in Purok 1, Bgy. Ganduz at 11:50 p.m.