Police file complaint vs. Makati resident for assault, violation of quarantine rules

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 28) — A police officer on Tuesday filed several complaints against a foreign national from Makati after getting in a heated argument and tussle over alleged violation of quarantine guidelines.

Police Senior Master Sergeant Roland Von Madrona filed direct assault, resistance and disobedience to a person of authority, and unjust vexation against Spanish national Javier Parra Salvador. He is also facing violation of the Bayanihan to Heal As One Act for failure to wear a face mask in public.

Madrona on Sunday was patrolling Dasmariñas Village to check on complaince to enhanced community guidelines when they chanced upon Salvador's househelp who was allegedly watering plants along the street without a face mask. Authorities wanted to issue her a ticket for violating a city ordinance.

A video showed Parra yelling and ordering the officer to leave the premises of his home, while his wife was trying to pacify him but to no avail. The same video also shows the officer telling Salvadorthat he was just implementing quarantine protocols and that he did not want to argue with him.

Makati City Police Chief PCol Rogelio Simon on Monday said the foreigner also started cursing at the cops, prompting Madrona to arrest him. He confirmed the two had a scuffle because Salvador refused to submit to the authorities.

Metro Manila Police, which was tasked to investigate the incident, weighed in on the matter. NCRPO Chief Debold Sinas said Madrona followed police guidelines in case of violations.

"Ang pulis ay hindi lumabag. Ang tagal kinausap. Sometimes alam mo naman kung mumurahin ka. Basta sumunod at makinig, walang problema. Ang problema, if you insist to do something at nasobrahan ka na, pati ang buong gobyerno natin ay lalaitin mo, ibang usapan na po iyon," he said in a virtual briefing.

[Translation: The police did not commit any violations. He talked to the man, but you know when you're about to be disrespected. There's no problem if you follow the rules. There is a problem if you insist on doing something wrong and even criticize the government.]

He insisted gated communities, such as the Dasmariñas Village, are not exempted from the rules.

"Ang mga villages ay hindi po excused sa pag-enforce ng ECQ. Dapat ay sumunod sila. Hindi puwedeng ma-innvoke na may sarili silang directive, lalo na kapag nag-violate sila ng batas," he added.

[Translation: Villages aren't exempted from the ECQ. They should follow the rules. They cannot make up their own directives when they are clearly committing violations.]

Meanwhile, the Bureau of Immigration said foreigners who disobey existing lockdown laws may face arrest and deportation.