255 quarantine violators, 16 drug offenders jailed

August 03, 2020

CAVITE policemen on Sunday and yesterday arrested 16 known drug offenders and nearly 300 General Community Quarantine violators in the province, Police Regional Office 4-A director, Brigadier General Vicente D. Danao Jr. announced yesterday.

“We will also be stepping-up our enforcement of the Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine in the provinces of Cavite and Rizal starting today until August 18 as ordered by Philippine National Police chief, General Archie Francisco F. Gamboa,” the Calabarzon police director said.

A report from Cavite Police Provincial Office director, Colonel Marlon R. Santos said apart from the 255 GCQ violators, they also hauled to jail 54 other law offenders in the province, 20 of them involved in illegal drug activities and the rest for illegal gambling.

Santos reported to Danao that 20 of the violators were apprehended in six anti-illegal gambling operations in the province. The suspects were apprehended while engaged in illegal ‘tupada’ or cockfighting or playing ‘tong-its’ and ‘cara y cruz’ in public.

Recovered from the suspects were three fighting cocks, gaffs and P3,352 in cash bets.

The official said 16 other suspects were arrested for violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. Recovered from the suspects were 34 pieces of heat-sealed plastic sachets containing shabu, five knot-tied plastic containing the same prohibited drugs and various drug paraphernalia.

The others were apprehended for, disobedience to persons of authority, illegal possession of deadly weapon and alarm and scandal. Eight were also arrested on the strength of warrants for reckless imprudence resulting to damage to property and physical injuries  and serious physical injuries and attempted homicide.

Santos said 72 of the GCQ violators were apprehended for curfew hours violation; 37 for violating social distancing; 53 for failing to wear face masks in public; 6 for violation of the liquor ban; 28 for having no quarantine passes; and 57 for violating the rules on pillion riding