Guevarra: No motu propio probe vs Koko

The Department of Justice will not investigate administration Senator Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III for breaking quarantine protocol unless a formal complaint is filed.

“As I have said before, during abnormal times like these, when people are prone to commit mistakes or violations of the law, the DOJ will temper the rigor of the law with human compassion,” Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra told reporters in a message Wednesday night.

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“But this is not to say that the DOJ will not act upon the filing of a proper complaint by any interested party,” he added.

Despite being a person under investigation (PUI) for COVID-19, Pimentel brought his wife Kathryna to the Makati Medical Center Tuesday evening, as she was scheduled to give birth Wednesday morning.

The Pimentels said that they were already at the hospital when the senator received the news about his test results.

” I was informed late last night March 24, 2020, (Tuesday) that I have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. The swab was taken last Friday, March 20, 2020,” Pimentel said in a statement.

The government earlier warned that quarantine violators may be arrested and charged for violating Article 151 of the Revised Penal Code which “punishes resistance and disobedience to a person in authority or the agents of such person” and violation of Republic Act No. 11332 — the Mandatory Reporting of Notifiable Diseases and Health Events of Public Health Concern Act.

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RA 11332 provides polices and measures for surveillance and response to notifiable diseases and protect Filipinos from any public health threats. One of its prohibited act is the “non-cooperation of the person or entities identified as having the notifiable disease, or affected by the health event of public concern

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