Mandaluyong vs. Quezon City: A Tale of Two Quarantine Violators

It involves a face mask and happened in a span of 24 hours.

( Two different people violated the quarantine rule that requires wearing a face mask when outside—one in Quezon City and another in Mandaluyong City—in the span of around 24 hours. How these people were penalized, though, show very different styles: one was beaten up then arrested, and the other was given a verbal warning then provided a free face mask.

Quezon City

We're sure you've seen the video of fish vendor Michael Rubuia being beaten up in Quezon City by barangay officials. The 38-year-old fish vendor was allegedly without a quarantine pass or a face mask. It took around five men and what seems like a bit more force than necessary to get him into the service vehicle. "Ngayon lang ako nakakita sa buhay ko na daig pa sa kriminal 'yong pinagtutulung-tulungan nila. Palo, padyak hindi naman lumalaban ang tao," an unnamed witness told ABS-CBN.

Rubuia is currently being detained in the Kamuning Police Station. Quezon City officials have said that the fish vendor tested positive for drug-use. "'Yong nakita ko 'yong tao, sa mata pa lang, alam kong gumagamit na at pina-drug test na agad din namin," Ranulfo Ludovica, city councilor, told Radio DZMM. "Base rin sa aktwal na pangyayari, itong taong ito ay pumapalag sa mga tanod."


Mandaluyong City

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Meanwhile, an unnamed quarantine violator who was spotted walking along the streets of Barangay Addition Hills in Mandaluyong City without a face mask was subjected to very different treatment. According to a Facebook post by the
Mandaluyong City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office, an Army reservist assigned to the area, stopped the said violator, gave him a verbal warning, and handed him a face mask. End of story. This happened barely a day after the Quezon City incident.

Face masks are now mandatory when out in public, as announced by the Inter-Agency Task Force on April 2. Local governments are expected to enforce the measure in their own respective areas.

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