Walang katapusang KAPALPAKAN sa COVID 19 Capital of the Philippines. Nakakahiya. Nakakalungkot. Nakakadismaya. FAILURE of LEADERSHIP. Former DILG Secretary Rafael Alunan pinapaTAKEOVER ang pamahalaan ng Kyusi sapagkat nilalagay ng lungsod sa panganib ang mga mamamayan dala ng kapabayaan.
QC unit under fire for ‘excessive force’ on fish vendor not wearing face mask
MANILA, Philippines — A labor group on Wednesday called on the Oplan Task Force Disiplina of Quezon City to issue a public apology for beating and dragging a fish vendor who failed to wear a face mask and bring a quarantine pass while selling outdoors.
Josua Mata, Secretary General of the Sentro ng mga Nagkakaisa at Progresibong Manggagawa (Sentro), said the group “denounces in the strongest possible way” the “atrocious behavior” of the local officers of the task force.
“We also demand that the Oplan Task Force Disiplina issue a public apology to Michael Rubuia and foot the bill for all his medical expenses,” he said in a statement.
He was referring to the incident on Monday concerning fish vendor Michael Rubuia whom authorities apprehended along Panay Avenue in Quezon City for not wearing a face mask.
A video of the incident was shared on social media, showing local authorities dragging Rubuia towards an L300 van while another man held a wooden stick and kept hitting him.
To prevent more “abuses,” Mata then called on all local government units to train their security officers on how to properly handle quarantine violations.
The Quezon City government said it has begun a “full-blown investigation” into the incident.
Earlier, Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Gen. Archie Gamboa said that violators of the enhanced community quarantine would face immediate arrest and inquest proceedings instead of being warned.
MANILA, Philippines — A member of the Quezon City task force implementing lockdown measures has been suspended after he was caught on video beating up a fish vendor with a yantok or rattan stick and dragging him to the ground after allegedly resisting arrest for violating guidelines of the enhanced community quarantine.
Joel Laurel was suspended for 60 days pending investigation of the incident by the city’s legal office, Ranulfo Ludovica, who heads Task Force Disiplina, said yesterday.
Ludovica said Laurel went out of bounds when he struck Michael Rubuia several times with a stick along Panay Avenue in Barangay South Triangle on Sunday.
Laurel was seen on video reprimanding Rubuia for not wearing a face mask while selling fish.
Rubuia has tested positive for drug use, Ludovica claimed.
“He was violent because he was under the influence of drugs,”Ludovica said.
He said they would file charges against Rubuia for violating Republic Act 11332 or the Bayanihan Act.
Ludovica also clarified that it was only Laurel who beat up the victim while the rest of the barangay enforcers only helped to restrain Rubuia.
Violence, abuses not tolerated
Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte has ordered an investigation of the incident, vowing to prosecute anyone found to have violated the law.
“The local government will never condone any acts of violence, abuses or violation of human rights regardless of justification, especially when committed by a city official,” city hall said.
“While the city government reiterates its resolve to fully enforce quarantine protocols, all its personnel and agents are reminded to conduct themselves with proper decorum and restraint and to observe compassion and tolerance, especially in these difficult times,” it added.
Malacañang welcomed the move of Belmonte to order a probe on the incident, according to presidential spokesman Harry Roque.
The Department of the Interior and Local Government will also look into the incident, DILG spokesman and Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya said. – With Emmanuel Tupas, Christina Mendez
Ginulpi, binugbog, tinadyakan, pinagsisipa at pinagpapalo ang isang tindero dahil sa QUARANTINE violation – no face mask, illegal vendor at hindi taga Barangay South Triangle, Quezon City. Sabi ng Human Right Commission na hindi naman kriminal yung binugbog at dapat ginamitan ng MAXIMUM TOLERANCE sapagkat isyung pangkalusugan naman ang pinatutupad at hindi tungkol sa seguridad. Iba talaga ang Kyusi, number one na sa dami ng kaso (1261) sa lahat ng lungsod sa buong Pilipinas, number one din sa KAPALPAKAN. FAILURE of LEADERSHIP kaya nga ang dating DILG Secretary na si Rafael Alunan ay iminungkahi na i-TAKEOVER na ng IATF ang pamamahala sa Quezon City.
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 28) — The total number of COVID-19 cases in Quezon City is now at 1,261, according to the Department of Health Monday.
The city government has recorded 155 recoveries, and 125 deaths from the respiratory disease.
The total number of confirmed cases with complete addresses in Quezon City is now at 1033, while the total number of validated cases by the QC Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit and District Health Offices (QCESU) is at 850.
Swab tests have been continuously conducted in the city’s community-based testing centers, and local government hospitals, as well as by the QCESU.
Fifty-four residents were also apprehended for violating quarantine protocols.
The DOH recorded 198 new cases of the fatal disease on Monday, as the country’s confirmed cases rise to 7,777.
The total number of recoveries nationwide is now at 932, while the death toll increased to 511.