Jinngoy Estrada arrested for ECQ violations

Jinngoy Estrada arrested for ECQ violations

Is this a habit that is hard to break?

Former Senator Jinggoy Estrada was brought to the San Juan Police Station for allegedly violating the rules of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) when he spearheaded an unauthorized distribution of bangus (milkfish) in San Juan City.

San Juan City Police chief Col. Jaime Santos said Estrada was invited to the police station to explain.

Ex-senator Jinggoy Estrada is arrested in San Juan on Sunday, May 3, 2020.
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“(Former) senator Jinggoy Estrada was invited to our station and we let him explain the manner he distributed the bangus (milkfish) to the people in San Juan,” Santos said.

“We noticed the violations on social distancing and there is no necessary permit from the mayor. Wala siyang mayor’s permit to do it,” he added.  (He did not have a mayor’s permit to do it).

The Police Chief later said that Estrada was later let off with a warning and was told that if he wants to continue with his food distribution activities, he should first get a permit from the city government and ensure that strict social distancing measures are strictly observed.

The Police Chief also said the former senator was also “given this stern warning not to do it again because we will again be forced to effect his arrest.”

San Juan City Mayor Zamora’s statement

San Juan City Mayor Francis Zamora said that former senator Estrada has been conducting unauthorized food distribution operations in different barangays of the city, since the declaration of the Luzon-lockdown.

“Nakatanggap ako ng tawag na ang NCRPO (National Capital Region Police Office) ay gumalaw dito sa lungsod ng San Juan sapagkat itong si dating senador Jinggoy Estrada ay ilang araw na pong nagiikot dito sa lungsod ng San Juan na walang authority,” Mayor Zamora said in an interview on TV Patrol.

“Tayo’y nasa enhanced communiyy quarantine, kinakailangan ‘yan under DILG (Department of the Interior and Local Government) regulations, under IATF (Inter-agency Task Force) directives and under PNP (Philippine National Police) laws. Kinakailangan meron kang authority o permit outside residence. So, unang-una wala siya niyan, so wala syang dahilan na magikot-ikot sa ibang baranggay,” he added.

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