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Laguna cops remove basketball rings amid locals' distancing violations


Authorities removed the basketball rings at a court in San Pablo, Laguna as maskless locals continued to play despite the COVID-19 community quarantine.

A 24 Oras report by Cedric Castillo on Tuesday showed footage of the group also not observing physical distancing as they played basketball at a court in Barangay San Crispin.

According to some residents, the group started playing every day when the ring and board were attached to the basketball court back in July.

"Wala sa kanilang ECQ, MECQ," said a male resident.

"Araw-araw po 'yan, umaga tsaka sa hapon," said a female resident.

Local Martin Dysert also worried about his family due to the alleged unruly behavior of the group.

"The other day they were so many there under this building here, shoulder to shoulder all the way down here. It was first adults, then teenagers, now it's little kids," Dysert said.

A councilor said he was unaware of the complaints.

"Wala po akong alam eh kasi ang totoo niyan, hindi nga kami masyadong nakakapasok ngayon dahil sa ipapaalam pa raw sa Presidente," said San Crispin councilor Mario Frayres.

Some Philippine National Police personnel went to the houses of those involved and informed them of their violations.

An agreement was arrived at and the basketball rings were removed. — Jamil Santos/DVM, GMA News