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Tondo hard lockdown: 125 violators nabbed

PhilStar Global logo PhilStar Global 5/3/2020 Rey Galupo
a group of people sitting in front of a crowd: Tondo hard lockdown: 125 violators nabbed © Edd Gumban Tondo hard lockdown: 125 violators nabbed

MANILA, Philippines — At least 125 people were arrested for violating guidelines of the enhanced community quarantine as the Manila Police District (MPD) started implementing yesterday the 48-hour “hard lockdown” in Tondo’s District 1.

Lt. Col. Carlo Magno Manuel, MPD public information chief, said the violators were taken to designated facilities in the barangays for booking procedures.

Manuel said the suspects were charged for violations of Republic Act 11332 or non-cooperation during a health crisis, disobedience to persons in authority as well as local ordinances on curfew and the mandatory wearing of face masks.

Tondo 1 recorded 85 cases of the coronavirus disease 2019 with 12 deaths and seven recoveries. The city health department said 231 residents are suspected carriers of COVID-19.

Police said the lockdown would enable the city government to conduct disease surveillance, verification and rapid mass testing to prevent the virus from spreading.

As of press time yesterday, 1,133 residents underwent rapid testing for COVID-19, according to the Manila health department.

Mayor Isko Moreno has ordered the residents to stay home, saying only frontliners such as health workers, military and police officers, pharmacy employees and those engaged in utility services are allowed to go out.

Non-residents of Tondo 1 are allowed to pass by the area provided they are in the list of authorized persons identified by the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases.

Meanwhile, police apprehended 10 suspected drug dealers in Paco and Sampaloc stings over the weekend.

Authorities said they recovered P371,960 worth of shabu during the operations.

Manuel said the MPD foiled attempts of drug pushers to continue their illegal trade during the enhanced community quarantine.

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