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PNP asks people to cooperate under alert level system

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As the implementation of the granular lockdown and alert level system in Metro Manila starts today, the Philippine National Police (PNP) appealed to the public to help in ensuring the success of these new quarantine measures by being mindful of their own protection from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

PNP Chief Police General Guillermo Lorenzo T Eleazar explained that strictly following the minimum public health safety and other measures that include curfew and unnecessary travel are not only the first line of defense against infection but also a show of respect to those who follow the rules and a show of respect and gratitude to the health workers who have been at the frontline in the fight against the virus for more than a year now.

“Sa pag-umpisa ng Alert Level 4 at granular lockdown sa Metro Manila ngayong araw, muling nakikiusap ang inyong PNP sa ating mga kababayan na makiisa at isapuso ang mga alintuntuning ipinapatupad para sa kaligtasan ng lahat,” said PGen Eleazar.

“Aabot sa mahigit 300,000 ang nahuli nating lumalabag sa mga quarantine rules sa NCR pa lamang simula Agosto 21 sa ilalim ng MECQ at aabot ang mga accosted violators sa mahigit isang milyon kung isasama natin ang mga nahuli sa apat na probinsya na katabi ng Metro Manila,” he added.

Based on the PNP data, a total of 224,626 violators were accosted in Metro Manila alone for violation of the minimum public health safety from August 21 to September 15 when the National Capital Region is under the Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine.

A total of 87,729 were accosted for curfew violation and another 15,296 were also accosted for violation of the ban on unnecessary travel for non-Authorized Persons Outside Residence.

For the provinces of Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna and Rizal which are adjacent to Metro Manila, a total of 1,153,833 violators were accosted for violating of MPHS, curfew and prohibition on unnecessary travels from August 21 to September 15.

“We in the PNP believe that all our sacrifices for more than a year will be for nothing if we continue disregarding all the measures that we have been implementing to ensure the protection of everybody from this deadly virus,” said PGen Eleazar.

Metro Manila will start implementing the Alert Level 4 and the granular lockdown starting today, September 16. The move is to strike a balance between containing the spread of COVID-19 and reviving the economy from the adverse impacts of the pandemic.

“Naniniwala ang inyong PNP na ang patuloy na pagsuway ng ilan nating kababayan ay isa sa mga dahilan ng pagtaas ng kaso kaya hinihikayat natin ang ating mga kababayan na isa-puso ang mga alintuntuning ito kasama ang pagrespeto sa mas maraming bilang ng mga Pilipino na sumusunod sa mga patarakan at ang pagbibigay ng malasakit sa ating mga healthcare workers na bugbog na sa patuloy na pagdami ng mga kaso ng COVID,” said PGen Eleazar.

“Naniniwala din ang inyong PNP na sa ating pagtutulungan, mas mabilis nating makakamit ang ating adhikain na mapagtagumpayan ang ating laban sa COVID-19,” he added.

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