The Philippine National Police-Navotas has filed charges against a family who tested positive for coronavirus disease 2019 after holding a party despite the prevailing community quarantine.
Mayor Toby Tiangco said 17 residents of H. Monroy St., Brgy. Navotas West have been charged for attending a party on May 14, 2020, violating the strict prohibition on social gathering at that time.
The complaint cited violations of Article 151 of the Revised Penal Code, Section 9 of RA 11332, RA 9271 and the Omnibus Guidelines on the Implementation of Community Quarantine.
“The family’s utter disregard of safety regulations endangered their lives and all those living at H. Monroy. Their reckless act thwarted our efforts to prevent further transmission of COVID-19 and keep our people safe,” Tiangco said.
The city government placed H. Monroy under lockdown from June 11, 5:01am, until June 24, 11:59pm, after 14 of its residents tested positive for COVID-19.
Of the 14, six attended the birthday celebration of one family member, who was later confirmed to be COVID-positive.
“Let this serve as a stern warning to all violators: Even if we don’t catch you in the act, we will file criminal charges against you if investigation showed you flouted the quarantine order,” the mayor added.