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DILG urged to go after high-profile ECQ violators amid proposal to arrest beggars

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Cases of other high-profile quarantine violations surfaced after Interior and Local Government Undersecretary Martin Diño said that street beggars should be arrested by authorities since they could potentially spread coronavirus.

The government official in an online news forum on Sunday encouraged the police, barangay authorities and the Department of Social Welfare and Development to do something about the increasing number of people begging on the streets amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“Batas ay batas. Dapat iyan hinuhuli ng mga pulis, dapat dinadala sa DSWD kasi baka hindi mo alam, baka ito na ’yung nagkakalat ng pandemya dahil unang-una, exposed ito,” Diño said, as quoted by reports.

Some of those who were reportedly seen begging on the streets include locally-stranded individuals, jeepney drivers who are not yet authorized to operate and Filipinos who have lost their source of livelihood in the ongoing pandemic.

Diño claimed that police officers and barangay authorities are obliged to round up street beggars and turn them in the custody of the DSWD who are supposed to be responsible for them.

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