THIRTY-SIX individuals, including eight foreigners, were arrested Friday night, Oct. 9, 2020, for violating health protocols in Cebu City.
Col. Josefino Ligan, Cebu City Police Office (CCPO) director, led the operation in a bar in Barangay Kasambagan where 27 individuals, including two Japanese, an American, two Nigerians, two British and an Australian national, were caught drinking.
They also took into custody the bar’s two owners.
Police then raided a store with an outdoor seating area in Barangay Busay where they arrested nine individuals who were also drinking.
Mayor Edgardo Labella earlier issued an executive order (EO) that prohibits the operation of bars, clubhouses and the offering of alcoholic drinks.
His EO allows only restaurants and fastfood businesses to serve alcoholic drinks.
Ligan said the arrested individuals will be charged with violating Article 151 of the Revised Penal Code and Cebu City’s EOs.
“We will be making a report addressed to the City Government for a penalty or going towards the revocation of their business permit. This is a blatant disregard of the executive order of the mayor and a clear violation, so we will be recommending for the closure of the establishments,” Ligan said.
Ligan said their operations Friday night should serve as a warning to other establishments to comply with health protocols.
Meanwhile, Ligan said they have yet to arrest violators of the daytime ban on videoke sessions.
The CCPO director earlier threatened to implement the City’s Anti-Noise Ordinance to ensure that students are not disturbed while they hold their online classes or tackle their modules in their homes on weekdays.
Ligan also ordered members of Task Force Kasaligan to conduct patrols in barangays so they can reprimand violators. (AYB, BBT / JKV)