Police to monitor social media for drinking sessions, other quarantine violations

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 5) — The Joint Task Force COVID Shield, in coordination with the Philippine National Police, has ordered all police commanders to monitor social media to spot possible quarantine violations like mass gatherings for parties and drinking sessions.

According to JTF COVID Shield Commander PLt. Gen. Guillermo Eleazar, social media is full of photos of evidence of “hardheaded” people, who according to him, “deliberately violate the quarantine protocols.”

“These can be used as pieces of evidence to warn, to fine and to summon the people concerned in coordination with the barangay officials concerned,” he said in a statement Saturday.

He said that those who will be caught engaging in drinking sessions may face additional charges if there is an existing liquor ban in their area.

Eleazar is also urging netizens to assist the PNP in running after the violations, even if the violators are police officers.

“I will see to it that everybody who imposes or implements the law shall be disciplined and should also follow the law they are implementing,” said PNP chief General Camilo Cascolan.

According to the JTF COVID Shield data, more than 365,000 individuals were warned, fined, and charged for violations of quarantine rules since March 17.