MANILA, Philippines — The Quezon City government on Wednesday (July 15) issued guidelines on the arrest of violators in relation to its intensified enforcement of health protocols to combat the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
Mayor Joy Belmonte said the latest procedures on apprehensions is to ensure humane and uniform protocols under the government-imposed general community quarantine (GCQ).
“A marked increase in COVID-19 cases has been observed in Quezon City following the successive downgrading of community quarantine classifications covering the National Capital Region (NCR),” Belmonte said in the memorandum.
“Hence, there is a recognized need to implement, among others, heightened enforcement of quarantine measures such as the prevention of mass gatherings, social distancing, wearing of facemasks, etc,” she added.
The guidelines provide concerned authorities with proper and lawful instances where arrests can be made as well as proper and lawful procedures in the disposition of the arrests as covered by Rule 113, Section 5 (a) and (b) of the Revised Rules of Criminal Procedure.
Under the memorandum, arrests may be executed if:
- The person to be arrested has committed, is actually committing, or is attempting to commit a violation of health-related ordinances on limited gatherings, social distancing, and mandatory wearing of face masks in public places, among others.
- When an offense has just been committed, and the arresting officer has probable cause to believe, based on personal knowledge of facts or circumstances, that the person to be arrested has committed it.
Arrested violators will be subjected to booking procedures at the nearest police station.
The offender will then be brought to the nearest hospital for medical and physical examinations before a proper investigation can commence.
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