DILG says LGUs can order community service for quarantine violations

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DILG Usec Jonathan Malaya says LGUs can change their penalties for violations of quarantine rules

Following the death of a 28-year-old man a day after he was punished for violating curfew rules, the DILG said it was up to local government units (LGUs) to impose their own sanctions for quarantine violations.

Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) spokesperson Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya said the LGUs are allowed to change their respective penalties. For example, Malaya said, LGUs can order rendering community service as a disciplinary action.

So kung gugustuhin naman ng LGU na community service, pwede namang maglinis sa kanilang barangay or doon sa munisipyo pagtrabahuhin, o mag-planting, kung anoman na pwedeng gawin. Okay po ‘yan sa ‘min sa DILG,” Malaya said in an interview with GMA’s Unang Hirit on April 6.

(If the LGUs want community service, the violators can clean up the village or work in the municipal hall, plant trees, or anything. It’s okay with us in DILG.

On April 1, Darren Manaog Peñaredondo was nabbed by the barangay tanod for violating the curfew in General Trias City in Cavite.

As a punishment he and the other violators were ordered to do 100 rounds of squats. This was further increased to 300 rounds of the exercise.

The following day, Peñaredondo died and his family blame his death to the exertion he went through in the hands of the barangay officers the night before. He was just buying mineral water past 6 pm, according to his family.

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The DILG spokesperson said that the COVID-19 task force of the government and the interior department do not have jurisdiction over local ordinances. 

Opo. Okay po ‘yan sa’min sa DILG kasi ito po kasing penalties for quarantine violators ay hindi po yan saklaw ng authority ng IATF. Yan po ay saklaw ng authority ng local government units. So kanya-kanya pong ordinansa ang ating mga LGU diyan,” Malaya said. 

(Yes. It’s okay with us in DILG because these penalties for quarantine violators are not under the authority of IATF. Those are under the authority of local government units. LGUs have different ordinances.)

Malaya also said they already ordered an investigation into the death of Peñaredondo. 

So, sa kapulisan po, since this directly staff control under DILG, ay nakipag-ugnayan na po tayo sa Kampo Crame, kay Lieutenant General Cesar Hawthorne Binag at nagbigay na po tayo ng direktiba na imbestigahan agad-agad kung mayroong paglabag sa protocol o kaya naman nagkaroon ng iregularidad ‘yung ating mga kapulisan,” he added. 

DILG says LGUs can order community service for quarantine violations

(For our police, since this is directly staff control under the DILG, we already reached out to Camp Crame, to Lieutenant General Cesar Hawthorne Binag. And we already gave a directive to investigate if there were violations in the protocol or irregularities in our policemen) 

According to the Facebook post of Adrian Luceña, the victim’s cousin, Peñaredondo was adversely affected by the strenuous punishment in Barangay Tejero on April 1.

On April 2, Peñaredondo struggled to move by himself all day due to fatigue, said his partner, Reichelyn Balce. Later that day, Peñaredondo started having seizures and lost consciousness. He was eventually revived but died not long after. 

In a statement on Facebook on the evening of April 5, General Trias Mayor Antonio Ferrer confirmed he had told the chief of police to have the case investigated. – Rappler.com

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Jairo Bolledo

Jairo Bolledo is a multimedia reporter at Rappler covering justice, police, and crime.