Criminal cases readied vs Koko Pimentel for breaching COVID-19 quarantine

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3/26/2020

Criminal cases readied vs Koko Pimentel for breaching COVID19 quarantine

MANILA—A group of lawyers is preparing criminal charges, including a disbarment case, against Sen. Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III for violating the Luzon-wide community quarantine when he accompanied his pregnant wife to the hospital despite previously showing symptoms of COVID-19, for which he had been tested. Pimentel’s results came out positive triggering widespread condemnation for exposing doctors and other health workers at the Makati Medical Center (MMC) to possible infection. “He is not only an ordinary citizen. He is a senator of the republic. As a lawmaker, he should not be a lawbreaker,” lawyer Rico Quicho told ABS-CBN News. Quicho described the upcoming complaint as a “test case” which could “encourage other citizens” to also go after Rep. Eric Yap, who attended a Malacañang meeting and a special session of Congress despite already getting tested for COVID-10. Yap’s result also came out positive. Pimentel violated the law on the “mandatory reporting of notifiable diseases and health events of public health concern,” said Quicho, who’s working on the case with 9 other lawyers. The law imposes a jail term of up to 6 months and may include a maximum fine of P50,000 for persons who will not “cooperate.” Quicho said he and his legal team would also push for Pimentel’s disbarment, arguing that lawyers “should follow the law” but the senator exposed medical front-liners to the possibility of acquiring the new coronavirus. VIPS In the meantime, Pimentel can be detained for violating what was supposed to be a community quarantine imposed by the Philippines over its largest island to contain the spread of the virus, said Quicho. "Humingi ang gobyerno ng emergency powers eh yung kapangyarihan pala ng pamahalaan na yun ay gagamitin lang sa mga ordinaryong mamamayan. Pagka mga VIP, pagka-nasa posisyon, parang nag-aabugado pa yung DOJ,” he said. (The government asked for emergency powers. It turned out, those powers will be used on ordinary people. If you are a VIP or hold a position, it seems the DOJ is lawyering for you.) Justice Secretary had said his department would “temper the rigor of the law with human compassion” during the COVID-19 crisis, which he described as “abnormal times.” Quicho said his move to go after Pimentel was not “payback” for the senator’s protracted committee investigations into the alleged corruption of then Vice President Jejomar Binay in 2014. Binay saw the Pimentel-led hearings as a propaganda campaign to jeopardize his chances in the 2016 presidential election. Quicho served as Binay’s spokesman. “This has nothing to do with politics,” Quicho said. “It was really a spontaneous reaction on my part.” Pimentel has apologized saying he “never intended to breach any protocol” when he brought his pregnant wife to the MMC last March 24. He showed symptoms of the virus more than a week earlier and was tested on March 20. He said he was informed of his positive result at around 9 p.m. on March 24 when he was already at the hospital. But as someone already classified as a person under investigation, Pimentel should have remained on a 14-day quarantine, said Dr. Saturnino Javier, MMC’s medical director. “Sa tuwing nagsasalita si Sen. Pimentel, lalo lang nakikita na very irresponsible yung ginawa nya, very reckless,” Quicho said. (Every time Sen. Pimentel speaks, it becomes more obvious that what he did was very irresponsible, very reckless.) Read more: ABS-CBN News Channel

Good. sobrang lakas nito kay duterte, mababalewala lang effort nyo pustahan kung makukulong yan, maganda selda nyan AlfOfOldNorse Miss Rona better get this right Good one. Lets prove senators can be jailed though the family name is not delima. And in proper/regular cell pls, not in comfortable haus Kung Di ka ma makulong, end of your political career...

👍👍🇵🇭🇵🇭 wddeguzman may kalalagyan ka...SenKokoPimentel...good riddance...

JUST IN: Senator Koko Pimentel tested positive for COVID-19Senator Koko Pimentel has tested positive for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). READ HERE: Praying for Senator Koko; pero ano ibig sabihin neto? Mag papa test na naman yung ibang senators?

Ignorance of the law excuses no one. Save your apologies, sir.. Excuse me. Paano po namin masusuportahan yung mga lawyers na kakasuhan si Pimentel? They should! Law must be fairly applied to all. Filipino people are into his wrongdoing. And the public is now cheering... mikenavallo Sige lang iKoKolong na yan! bago pa yan KOKOnyatan ng mga nakasalamuha niya.

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BREAKING: Koko tests positive for COVID-19Senator Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III has tested positive for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), the lawmaker confirmed in a statement Wednesday.

'Patawarin niyo po ako': Angel Locsin says endorsing Koko Pimentel a 'mortal sin'aayanasimon joyceenger stan harder!!!! I hope yung mga nagendorse kay Alan Peter will do the same... Say that to the people you may have exposed!! These are health workers. Don't apologize to the public, thats being a hyporite to secure your image and reputation. Ako sayo tumahimik ka nalang and pray those people exposed don't die.

JUST IN: Senator Koko Pimentel tested positive for COVID-19Senator Koko Pimentel has tested positive for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). READ HERE: Praying for Senator Koko; pero ano ibig sabihin neto? Mag papa test na naman yung ibang senators?

Pimentel on self-quarantine after he tested positive for COVID-19Sen. Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel tested positive of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and is now on self-quarantine. He was feeling sick enough to get tested 4 or 5 days ago but went to the hospital maternity ward (and other places) anyway? This is why we have a pandemic.

BREAKING: Koko tests positive for COVID-19Senator Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III has tested positive for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), the lawmaker confirmed in a statement Wednesday.



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