Senate bill wants £ 1million fine and 6 years in jail for quarantine violators

FILE PHOTO: Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel “Migz” Zubiri. (Joseph Vidal / PRIB Senate)

MANILA, Philippines – Bill to impose tough penalties including a fine of up to 1 million pesos against violators the quarantine was tabled in the Senate.

Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri on Tuesday tabled Senate Bill 2470, which aims to amend Republic Law No. 11332, or the Law on Mandatory Reporting of Notifiable Diseases and health events of public health concern, in order to identify quarantine violations by virtue of its prohibited acts and to define corresponding penalties for such violations.

“As we feared, you have been affected by COVID over the past week. But it’s not just because of the Christmas rush. For all we know, quarantine facilities for individuals and health and quarantine protocols in Hindi and quarantine and COVID galing sa ibang bansa, ”Zubiri said in a statement.

(As we feared, our COVID cases have increased over the past week. But that’s not just because of the Christmas rush. As far as we know, there are more quarantine facilities and from individuals not following our health and quarantine protocols and spreading COVID from other countries.)

“We are tabling this bill so that we can reprimand these irresponsible individuals and entities in the future,” he added.

Zubiri introduced the bill after a Filipina from the United States broke quarantine protocols and partied in Makati City. The woman and her party mates then tested positive for COVID-19.

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Specifically, Zubiri’s bill would amend Article 9 or the laws prohibited under RA 11332 to include those engaging in “non-compliance, evasion or omission of a quarantine or ‘compulsory isolation’ as well as persons or entities who assist such persons, “such as owners, officials or employees of quarantine and isolation facilities, officials and government employees, or have acted as complicit in non- compliance. “

If enacted into law, the bill sets the fine for offenders at no less than 500,000 pesos but no more than 1 million pesos, or a prison term of one to six years.

In addition, if another person contracts the communicable disease from the quarantine offender and this results in the person’s permanent incapacity or death, the bill provides for a fine of 1 million pula as well as the payment of damages- civil interests or imprisonment for six to 12 years, according to Zubiri. Invoice.

“There is no recovery from this pandemic if people – and the quarantine facilities themselves – don’t take our health protocols seriously. Knowingly posing a risk to the health of others is absolutely harmful behavior, and our laws must take this into account, ”said the senator.


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