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Año says punishment for ECQ violators shouldn’t lead to maltreatment, human rights abuse


Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año on Monday discouraged the imposition of excessive punishment to the violators of the enhanced community quarantine which could lead to maltreatment and human rights abuse.

“Hindi naman ibig sabihin ay i-violate mo ‘yung kanyang human rights o kaya ima-maltrato mo sila,” Año said in an interview on GMA’s Unang Hirit.

Año said the punishment for the violation will depend on the ordinance of the local government or the provision of the law.

While the punishment should be able to instill a lesson to the violator, the police or barangay officials should still observe the human rights, he added.

The PNP reported over a hundred thousand violators since the implementation of the enhanced community quarantine on March 17.

Around 200 complaints of human rights abuse have been reported to the Commission on Human Rights, as of April 19.

On April 21, retired Army Corporal Winston Ragos, who was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and schizophrenia, was shot dead by police at a quarantine checkpoint in Quezon City.—AOL, GMA News