Over a third of apprehensions made in Bacolod City
By Dominique Gabriel G. Bañaga
Approximately 1,844 curfew violators have been arrested over the course of six days as various local government units implement a curfew as part of the ongoing community quarantine due to the coronavirus disease, or Covid-19.
Based on data released by Police Regional Office-6, over a third of the apprehensions were made in Bacolod City with 744 while another 424 were nabbed across Negros Occidental. Meanwhile, Iloilo City and Iloilo were the only other areas reporting over 100 arrests with 381 and 114, respectively.
In response to the high volume of apprehensions, Bacolod City Police Office spokesperson, Police Lt. Colonel Ariel Pico, said most of those picked up were minors and explained, since minors cannot be charged, they summon their parents to the police station or barangay hall where they are lectured about the violation.
However, violators of legal age are ordered to pay a P500 fine or conduct community service on a first offense; a P1,000 fine or community service for the second; and P3,000 or imprisonment on the third./DGB, WDJ