KC Montero and "Backwards Social Distancing": A Short History

(SPOT.ph) Celebrity TV and radio host KC Montero was arrested on Sunday, June 28, along with 100 or so individuals for allegedly violating quarantine restrictions while at a bar in Makati City. Local police raided the area after reports of gatherings—yup, sans physical distancing—reached them; A fact that wasn't lost on Montero after he and those arrested were loaded into trucks to bring them to a covered court in Barangay Guadalupe Nuevo for detainment. 


"They arrest us for protecting us for social distancing tapos force us to not social distance," Montero was quoted as saying by ABS-CBN News, pointing out the situation on the trucks. He termed it "backwards social distancing." 

According to Montero, he went to the bar to have dinner with his wife, not realizing that bars are still not allowed to open during quarantine. "Maybe that's my fault; I didn't do my research, so feeling ko they're allowed to be open," he said

The arrests were made at the roofdeck lounge bar Skye in Salcedo Village, according to CNN Philippines. The owners of the high-end bar said they were operating at the allowed minimal capacity of just around 20% to 30%, meaning that of the usual 800 they could accommodate, only around 200 were allowed in. 

Makati City police said that folks they arrested, "were caught in the act drinking liquor in each table," in an Inquirer.net report. Physical distancing rules were also not observed at the bar. Police are looking into charging the violators under Republic Act No. 11332 or the Mandatory Reporting of Notifiable Diseases and Health Events of Public Health Concern Act.

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This isn't the first time physical-distancing violations have made headlines. Most recent would be the "Pride 20," the name given to the group of 20 individuals who were detained during a Pride March in the Mendiola Freedom Park on June 26. Police were unable to cite a clear cause during the arrests.

Personnel from the Bureau of Fire Protection Region VI also had a "despedida" in Boracay in June, with one of them turning out to be positive for COVID-19. The bureau chief and all personnel involved were relieved from their posts, said Secretary Eduardo Año of the Department of Interior and Local Government.

A "mañanita" held for Major General Debold Sinas, chief of the National Capital Region Police Office in May was also met with controversy—although the police chief held his position and was back to work soon after

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