Two protesters in Tuguegarao City were arrested by the police Monday afternoon, July 27, as they were preparing to hold a demonstration coinciding with President Rodrigo Duterte's 2020 State of the Nation Address (SONA).
In a phone interview with Rappler, Cagayan provincial police chief Colonel Ariel Quilang said two teenagers were arrested and were facing criminal complaints for violating the following laws:
The two were identified as members of the League of Filipino Students and Kabataan Partylist - Cagayan Valley.
According to Quilang, the two demonstrators violated the general community quarantine rule that anyone aged 21 and below must stay at home unless they are out for essential travel.
With this rule applied, Quilang said it does not matter if the two were not part of a group of 10 —the general number of people that police consider as a mass gathering—as long as they are minors who went outside.
"We were just implementing the COVID violations. Here in Cagayan, we are strictly implementing COVID violations," Quilang said.
As of Sunday, July 5, the PNP has arrested a total of 76,340 alleged quarantine violators. Of them, 3,148 continued to be detained as they undergo preliminary investigation. – Rappler.com
Rambo Talabong covers the House of Representatives and local governments for Rappler. Prior to this, he covered security and crime. He was named Jaime V. Ongpin Fellow in 2019 for his reporting on President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs. In 2021, he was selected as a journalism fellow by the Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics.