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Bacolod council mulls penalty vs lockdown escapees

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The Sangguniang Panlungsod of Bacolod City passed on first reading a measure that would prohibit residents from escaping locked down areas.

Councilor Renecito Novero, author of the proposed “anti-lockdown escape ordinance,” said this would apply to all residents of the area or building on lockdown and shall cease from being enforceable only when the state of emergency here due to the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic shall have been lifted.

Those found guilty of violating the policy – after conviction by a competent court – face fine of up to P2,000 and imprisonment not beyond six months at the discretion of the court, the proposal stated. (https://bit.ly/2EaYHMk)

A violator, however, may be exempted from the penalty by opting to render community service in the barangay where he or she person resides for a period of three months at four hours per day excluding Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, to commence immediately after promulgation of sentence.

Failure to render community service without justifiable cause shall be liable to pay the fine and or serve full term of imprisonment, according to Novero.