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IN PHOTOS: Quarantine violators ‘request’ community service instead of paying fine

CEBU CITY, Philippines — At least 28 individuals caught violating quarantine protocols in Cebu City spent their Sundays cleaning the floor of Pasil Fish Market. This after they requested to the city government to do eight-hour community service instead of paying the fine of P500. The people rounded up were caught on Sunday, November 22, […] The post IN PHOTOS: Quarantine violators ‘request’ community service instead of paying fine appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource: inquirer inquirerNov 22nd, 2020

IN PHOTOS: Quarantine violators ‘request’ community service instead of paying fine

CEBU CITY, Philippines — At least 28 individuals caught violating quarantine protocols in Cebu City spent their Sundays cleaning the floor of Pasil Fish Market. This after they requested to the city government to do eight-hour community service instead of paying the fine of P500. The people rounded up were caught on Sunday, November 22, […] The post IN PHOTOS: Quarantine violators ‘request’ community service instead of paying fine appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 22nd, 2020

115 liquor ban violators nabbed in Lapu since start of ECQ — police

LAPU-LAPU CITY, Philippines — Police have arrested 115 persons, who are liquor ban violators, since the start of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) this April in Lapu-Lapu City. Police Colonel Clarito Baja, Lapu-Lapu City Police Office (LLCPO) chief, said that the violators paid a fine of P500 to P1,000 and were released after paying the […] The post 115 liquor ban violators nabbed in Lapu since start of ECQ — police appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 26th, 2020

30 MGCQ violators in Minglanilla pay fine, released

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The 30 individuals arrested in Minglanilla, Cebu, for violating Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ) protocols were able to pay the fine and were released Tuesday afternoon, September 15, 2020. Police Staff Sergeant Junyl Ater of the Minglanilla Police Station said that the 30 individuals were able to pay the P1,000 fine […] The post 30 MGCQ violators in Minglanilla pay fine, released appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 15th, 2020

Labella reminds foreigners to follow local rules

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Cebu City Mayor Edgardo Labella is reminding foreigners here that they must follow the rules and regulations in the city. During his inspection of quarantine violators currently undergoing community service at the Plaza Independencia on Thursday, August 6, 2020, the mayor chanced upon a Canadian national who was among those apprehended. The […] The post Labella reminds foreigners to follow local rules appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 6th, 2020

No penalty but SBP tells Go and Thiry not to embarrass themselves after viral game

While they ultimately escaped PBA sanctions, Isaac Go and Thirdy Ravena didn't necessarily get off scot-free from their basketball game while Metro Manila is still under quarantine due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Last week, a video on social media showed Go and Ravena, among others, engaging in a scrimmage at a gym in San Juan. Go, who is Columbian's top pick from the 2019 Gilas draft, escaped with just a verbal warning from PBA Commissioner Willie Marcial. The same pretty much goes for Thirdy, who is headed to Japan to play for San-en NeoPhoenix in the B.League. [Related: Thirdy Ravena signs with San-en NeoPhoenix in Japan’s B.League] Both players will likewise not any penalties from Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas, but they were reminded by the SBP bosses not to embarrass themselves and the national basketball federation by violating government-mandated health protocols. Not only are they both Gilas prospects, both Go and Thirdy are widely seen as key pillars for the national team's future. "Wala kaming iniisip na penalty o fine," SBP Executive Director Sonny Barrios said about Go and Thirdy during the recent Philippine Sportswriters Association forum. "Definitely napag-sabihan sila ni President Panlilio at ni sir Butch [Antonio] na itigil na yung ginagawa niyong hindi ayon sa regulasyon. Nakakahiya tayo," Barrios added. Aside from Go and Thiry, Ginebra star Japeth Aguilar and Rain or Shine rookie Adrian Wong were also seen on video playing in the said viral game. [Related: PBA: Japeth, Wong fined P20,000 for viral basketball game under quarantine] Aguilar and Wong have been fined P20,000 each by the PBA Monday and will be subject to 30 hours of community service. The pair are also directed to undergo swab testing for COVID-19 before and after a required 14-day quarantine period. — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 7th, 2020

PBA: Japeth, Wong fined P20,000 for viral basketball game under quarantine

The PBA has fined Ginebra star Japeth Aguilar and Rain or Shine rookie Adrian Wong P20,000 each for playing basketball while the National Capital Region was under quarantine due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In a video shared on social media that went viral last week, Aguilar and Wong, together with Gilas top pick Isaac Go and the Japan-bound Thirdy Ravena, were seen playing basketball at a gym in San Juan recently. However, even as the Metro Manila is already under a general community quarantine and the PBA receiving a go-signal to have its teams practice, scrimmages and games are not allowed yet under the latest IATF mandate. On top of the monetary fine, Aguilar and Wong are ordered to under swab testing for COVID-19. A 14-day quarantine will soon follow before taking another swab test to confirm their status. As a third strike, the two will likewise serve 30 hours of community service. PBA Commissioner Willie Marcial, Deputy Commissioner Eric Castro, and PBA legal consultant Atty. Melvin Mendoza were present in the Monday meeting with Aguilar and Wong.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 6th, 2020

Judges question warrants in Kraft massage parlor sex case

By TERRY SPENCER Associated Press FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Florida appellate judges on Tuesday questioned the legality of search warrants that let police secretly video record New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and others paying for massage parlor sex, pressing a prosecutor on his contention that the warrants were legally valid. Deputy Solicitor General Jeffrey DeSousa found himself repeatedly queried by the three-judge panel as he tried to persuade them that the warrants and searches met all constitutional protections and that they should overturn lower court rulings that barred the recordings' use at trial. Misdemeanor charges against Kraft, 79, and other customers would have to be dropped if those rulings stand, although felony charges against the spa owners might proceed as there is other evidence against them. Kraft and others were charged in February 2019 in a multi-county investigation of massage parlors that included the secret installation of video cameras in the spas' lobbies and rooms. Police say the recordings show Kraft and other men engaging in sex acts with women and paying them. Police say they twice recorded Kraft, a widower, paying for sex at the Orchids of Asia massage parlor. Kraft has pleaded not guilty but issued a public apology. Judge Robert Gross, who presided at the Florida Fourth District Court of Appeal hearing, seemed taken aback by DeSousa's contention that he and his colleagues should primarily consider the plain language of the Fourth Amendment. It says judges can issue warrants if police demonstrate probable cause of a crime, that warrants must specify the place to be searched and what can be seized. Gross told DeSousa he seemed to be ignoring numerous rulings by the U.S. Supreme Court expanding Fourth Amendment protections since the 1960s, including some that restrict electronic surveillance by police. “You are getting us off on the wrong foot by focusing on the language of the Fourth Amendment when we should be focusing on the Supreme Court jurisprudence....that is heavily weighted against you,” Gross told DeSousa. The 90-minute hearing included arguments on whether cameras were necessary; on whether the police violated the privacy of customers who simply received massages; and on the proper sanction if the defendants' rights were violated. The attorneys for Kraft and the other defendants argued that police failed to minimize the privacy violations they committed by recording innocent customers, including women, who received legal massages. “These cameras, that were put into private massage rooms where patrons would be undressing as a matter of course, they recorded everything," Kraft attorney Derek Shaffer said. He said Kraft “had the same reasonable expectation of privacy that any massage patron going to a licensed facility would be entitled.” Attorneys also argued the cameras weren't necessary as police already had enough evidence to charge the spa owners, including bank records, website advertising, outside video surveillance and napkins containing bodily fluids retrieved from garbage bins. The only proper punishment for prosecutors and police, they argued, is to throw out all recordings. DeSousa argued that police and prosecutors need the recording to convict the owners of felonies. The owners must be shown receiving payments from the prostitutes and the only way to get that is to install cameras, he said. He said detectives had to fully record all massages, because the sex acts happened at their conclusion and 95% of male customers received one. While no female customers paid for sex, they were few in number and to not record them could be seen as discriminating against men, he said. DeSousa said even if the court finds police violated innocent customers' privacy rights, the Supreme Court has ruled that in most circumstances, only improperly seized evidence should be thrown out. Since Kraft, the other men and the masseuses were engaged in crimes, their recordings should be permitted, he said. “Given the unique and difficult circumstances confronting these officers, the conspiracy, the logistics of the operation, what they reasonably anticipated they would see and the difficulty of knowing at the start of any given massage will this end with a happy ending or will it not, we think what law enforcement did here was entirely reasonable,” DeSousa said. The court usually takes weeks to issue rulings. The losing side will likely appeal to the state Supreme Court, which could accept the case or let the decision stand. If convicted, Kraft would likely receive a fine, community service and other sanctions, but he could also be suspended or otherwise punished by the National Football League......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 1st, 2020

Patriots owner s prostitution case heads to appellate court

By TERRY SPENCER Associated Press FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Prosecutors charging New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft with twice buying sex from massage parlor prostitutes will attempt to save their case this week by arguing to an appeals court that his rights weren't violated when police secretly video-recorded him in the act. Prosecutors will tell the Florida Fourth District Court of Appeal during an online hearing Tuesday that a county judge erred when he invalidated the January 2019 search warrant allowing police to install secret cameras at Orchids of Asia spa as part of an alleged sex trafficking investigation. The judge said the warrant didn’t sufficiently protect the privacy of innocent customers who received legal massages, and he barred the videos’ use at trial as well as testimony about what they showed. If the ruling stands, it will deal a fatal blow to the prosecution's case. “Mr. Kraft's guilt is a virtual certainty” and he has no right to benefit from any possible mistakes police made involving innocent customers, Deputy Solicitor General Jeffrey DeSousa wrote in court documents. Kraft's attorneys vehemently disagreed, arguing that if the three-justice panel allows the videos' use, “civil liberties cherished in Florida and beyond” will be endangered. “If the state wins this appeal, then everyone loses, not just the accused,” attorney Frank Shepherd wrote. “Government could run roughshod over privacy and constitutional rights while evading scrutiny.” The Jupiter police recordings led to misdemeanor charges against Kraft and two dozen other alleged Orchids of Asia customers. The spa owners and some employees are charged with prostitution-related felonies. Most cases are in limbo while the appeals are heard. If prosecutors can’t use the videos, they would almost certainly dismiss any misdemeanor charges awaiting trial. Some defendants took plea deals but Kraft refused. The felony cases could proceed, as those have other evidence besides the videos. Kraft, a 79-year-old widower and part-time Palm Beach resident, has pleaded not guilty but issued a public apology. He faces a possible one-year jail sentence if convicted, but would likely receive a fine, community service and other sanctions. Kraft, whom Forbes Magazine ranks as the 82nd richest American with a worth of almost $7 billion, is employing several high-priced attorneys to fight the charges. DeSousa submitted several arguments against Palm Beach County Judge Leonard Hanser's ruling. Among them: — The warrant is valid because police minimized any privacy invasion by having only three detectives monitor video. Any further minimization, such as recording only snippets of each massage, would have made the investigation impossible. — Kraft illegally paid for sex and is lawfully covered by the warrant, even if the justices determine police violated innocent customers' privacy rights. — If the warrant is invalid, the detectives relied on it “in good faith” and a sanction banning the video is too extreme. Shepherd submitted several counterarguments for Kraft. They include: — Detectives' privacy protection efforts were insufficient because they recorded seminude men and women receiving legal massages, making the Kraft recordings also illegal. — Police had enough evidence to charge the spa owners with felonies without recording, making the cameras “wholly gratuitous." — The evidence detectives presented to obtain the magistrate's warrant approval was “deliberately misleading,” negating any argument they acted in good faith. The justices won’t immediately rule after the hearing; decisions usually takes weeks. The losing side will likely appeal to the Florida Supreme Court, which could accept the case or let the justices’ ruling stand. Authorities say the Orchids of Asia investigation was part of a multicounty probe into possible sex trafficking by spa owners who they believe brought women from China and elsewhere to work as prostitutes. About 300 people were charged with various felonies and misdemeanors, but no trafficking charges were pursued — prosecutors say they received no cooperation from masseuses whom they suspect were trafficked. According to police, Kraft's chauffeur drove him to Orchids of Asia on the evening of Jan. 19, 2019, where detectives recorded him engaging in a sex act with two women and then paying an undetermined amount in cash. Investigators said Kraft returned the next morning and engaged in recorded sex acts with a woman before paying with a $100 bill and another bill. Hours later, Kraft was in Kansas City for the AFC Championship game, where his Patriots defeated the Chiefs. His team then won the 2019 Super Bowl in Atlanta, the Patriots’ sixth NFL championship under his ownership. Prosecutors offered to drop the charges if Kraft entered a diversion program for first-time offenders. That would include an admission he would be found guilty if the case went to trial, a $5,000 fine, 100 hours of community service and attending a class on the dangers of prostitution and its connection to human trafficking. The hearing is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. EDT Tuesday on the court's YouTube channel......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 29th, 2020

DTI thumbs down opening of car dealerships

Car dealerships will remain closed during the remaining days of the enhanced community quarantine in Luzon as the Department of Trade and Industry maintained only those engaged in production of food and essential products would be allowed to operate despite a request from automotive dealers to be allowed to render after-sales service......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 25th, 2020

Too much Netflix? Streaming service agrees to ease a bit

US entertainment giant Netflix has agreed to manage its streaming bit rate in the Philippines following the government’s request to ease data congestion for the duration of the enhanced community quarantine in Luzon......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 26th, 2020

Purok sa Kalibo, Aklan isinailalim sa SECQ

Kalibo, Aklan – Ipinatupad ng lokal na pamahalaan ng bayan ng Kalibo ang 14 araw na surgical enhanced community quarantine o SECQ  sa buong Purok 1 sa C. Laserna Street sa Poblacion na nagsimula kahapon, November 20 na magwawakas sa Disyembre 4. Base sa tala ng Provincial Epidemiology Service Unit ng Provincial Health Office o […] The post Purok sa Kalibo, Aklan isinailalim sa SECQ appeared first on REMATE ONLINE......»»

Category: newsSource:  remateRelated NewsNov 21st, 2020

IN PHOTOS: CCPO round up 125 quarantine violators

CEBU CITY, Philippines- They learned their lessons the hard way. The Cebu City Police Office (CCPO) and the city’s COVID Action Team rounded up a total of 125 individuals during the start of the implementation of “Oplan Bulabog” Friday night, November 13, 2020, and until Saturday dawn, November 14, 2020, for the violation of health […] The post IN PHOTOS: CCPO round up 125 quarantine violators appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 14th, 2020

40 quarantine violators arrested in Minglanilla

Santa Catalina, Negros Oriental—Police in Minglanilla town, southern Cebu continue to apprehend violators of quarantine protocols. On Thursday dawn, October 29, 2020, about 40 individuals paid P500 fine after they were caught by policemen roaming the streets in different barangays at past curfew hours the day before. Police Master Sergeant Christopher Cesa of the Minglanilla […] The post 40 quarantine violators arrested in Minglanilla appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 29th, 2020

Beep card and Internet woes

On the Beep card fiasco I spoke out recently on the chaos caused by the mandatory use of the “Beep card” for consumers riding the public buses under the “no-card no-ride”policy. It was as if the riding consumers were being required to purchase a Beep card at “gunpoint” or forget about riding the bus. This chaotic scenario could have been avoided had the regulators done its work mindfully by first consulting with the stakeholders (“who”), drafting the new policy (“what”) and once agreed upon, by ensuring wide dissemination of the changes – the Implementing Guidelines. Where did “complete staff work” go? Or are the consumers just being given an example of doublespeak?  What happened this week was consumers were confronted with the “no- card no-ride”signs on the buses and were required to pay for a ride plus the cost of the card, something they did not need to do before. For those who did pay the extra cost, they then had to find out that the policy was “suspended,” although no refunds were being offered.There was also the spectacle of the agency head announcing that the cards were free, contradicting the policy his agency had just announced and implemented. The card providers then said they were not about to waive their right to be paid. In another statement, a regulator functionary reasoned that it had nothing to do with the fine print on the contract for the cards since they were only responsible for “policy.” This violates the consumer’s right to be informed. The agency should have studied the sector most affected by the shift to cashless transaction – the consumer who must rely on public transportation because he has no alternative and  the same consumer who must make every peso count and who cannot afford any extra expense. This consumer deserves earnest and timely information from government on why he has to pay an additional amount and how it will benefit him, and for the consumers who did pay the additional cost of the card, they should enjoy a swift refund.  The lesson that we consumers learned in the Beep card fiasco is always to be aware and conscious of our consumer rights and to speak up when these rights are threatened or belittled. We should always be vigilant consumers about our rights lest we find these rights trodden again. On Internet speed Like every other consumers, I have problems with Internet speed. I pay my bills and fees  on time ,  however,  I  believe I should only pay for the speed that I receive  and I did not think I was getting what I paid for under my plan. Therefore, I conducted my own speed test and sought redress  from the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC). I was able to get a refund and am paying now for the plan that is nearest to the speed I am getting. Consumers should exercise their right to seek redress for bad Internet speed.  Consumers should be reimbursed for speed that is not delivered. In this time of the pandemic, profiteering should not be tolerated in any form. I call upon the NTC to take the lead by issuing implementing guidelines on refund for both prepaid and postpaid plans. Consumers should also ask for faster response on consumer complaints. The complaints of Messrs.   Foronda and Platon posted in the Laban Konsyumer emails should be resolved faster. Hopefully, the reported 1,171 new cell tower permits should alleviate consumer woes in the near future. In the meantime however, if you are not getting value for the service you paid for, your option is to downgrade your plan to correspond to the speed you are getting and claim a refund of excess fees paid. You can submit your complaint online at www.ntc.gov.ph. Atty. Vic Dimagiba is President of Laban Konsyumer Inc. Email: labankonsyumer@gmail.com.....»»

Category: newsSource:  mb.com.phRelated NewsOct 9th, 2020

Labella orders ban of karaoke singing during school hours

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The use of karaoke machines is prohibited during school hours and while Cebu City remains under modified general community quarantine (MGCQ). Mayor Edgardo Labella said violators will be penalized based on provisions of City Ordinance No. 1940 or the city’s anti-noise ordinance that was passed on August 16, 2002. The ordinance […] The post Labella orders ban of karaoke singing during school hours appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 9th, 2020

PNP NV nabs 371 violators of community quarantine

BAYOMBONG, Nueva Vizcaya, Oct. 6 (PIA) - The Philippine National Police (PNP) here has arrested some 371 individuals for violating various laws and regulations during the COVID-19 pandemic.R.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsOct 8th, 2020

A zombie recovery

The Department of Trade and Industry is now allowing businesses in the service sector and wholesale and retail trade to operate at full capacity, while restaurants and fastfood outlets may sit beyond 50 percent capacity in general community quarantine areas......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 6th, 2020

DTI allows more businesses to operate at 100% capacity

Businesses in the service sector and wholesale and retail trade can now operate at full capacity, while restaurants and fast food outlets may seat beyond 50 percent capacity in general community quarantine areas, the Department of Trade and Industry said yesterday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 2nd, 2020

DTI wants more sectors, businesses opened

The Department of Trade and Industry is pushing for the further reopening of the economy through increased operating capacity for businesses in the service sector under general community quarantine.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 29th, 2020

347 MGCQ violators around Cebu in a week – CPPO

CEBU CITY, Philippines — For this week, a total of 347 modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) protocol violators were apprehended by the the Cebu Police Provincial Office (CPPO). In an interview with reporters this afternoon, September 27, 2020, Police Colonel Aladdin Collado, new director of CPPO, said that the violators slightly increased as they tightened […] The post 347 MGCQ violators around Cebu in a week – CPPO appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 27th, 2020