Apr 5, 2021 @ 18:46

NUPL happy to hear DOJ reject arrest of quarantine violators a year into lockdown

Here’s a decision which the National Union of People’s Lawyers believes in a year overdue.

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra conceded April 5 that quarantine violators should not be detained for breaking the rules, as their sins are not that grave to deserve it. Instead, he recommended community service rather than serving jail time or a fine.

“At long last. It is a positive idea,” NUPL president Edre Olalia said in a statement. We have raised this point as early as March 19 last year. And it has been consistently validated by multiple dismissals of such charges by different prosecutors and judges.”

The abogado is happy for the long delayed policy shift, but could not help but wonder what took so long to have this realization.

“Looking back, it is not only enraging but tragic that hundreds of our citizens who do not have the same entitlements as those in or close to the corridors of power had to endure this manifest injustice through a patently erroneous reading and misapplication of a vague law to justify harsh implementation of quarantine protocols at best and cover up repressive measures at worst,” he added.

“That it comes more than a year to have an epiphany says a lot about the mess we are all in.”

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