Koko Pimentel faces complaint over quarantine breach

Koko Pimentel faces complaint over quarantine breach

A lawyer on Monday filed a letter of complaint against Sen. Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel at the justice department in connection with the alleged breach of his quarantine for the novel coronavirus when he visited a Makati hospital.

Pimentel allegedly violated Republic Act 11332 or Mandatory Reporting of Notifiable Disease and Health Events when he accompanied his pregnant wife to the Makati Medical Center on March 25, while he was still waiting for the results of his COVID-19 screening, said Atty. Rico Quicho.

A former Senate President, Pimentel eventually tested positive for the respiratory disease.

The lawmaker “put the lives and health of frontliners and even ordinary citizens at grave risk,” said Quicho.

“He has categorically admitted his breach without remorse. And yet because of his position, he is still not being made accountable,” he added.

The justice department should “swiftly act and pursue legal actions” against Pimentel, said Quicho.

The National Bureau of Investigation, which is under the justice department, said last week it asked Pimentel in a letter to explain his alleged quarantine breach.

The lawmaker initially denied that he violated his quarantine. He later apologized, saying he “never intended to breach any protocol” and later realized that he “unnecessarily caused additional anguish, concern to the courageous healthcare workers who we all depend.”

His apology came a day after the MMC rebuked him for exposing its workers to possible infection, prompting their own quarantine and further depleting “the dwindling workforce of the hospital.”

Apart from visiting the MMC, Pimentel said in a separate television interview that he recently attended 2 birthday parties and a meeting.

S&R supermarket said Pimentel also shopped for groceries at its branch in Bonifacio Global City Taguig on March 16, prompting a quarantine of store clerks who were exposed to him.

Quicho, who filed the complaint letter against Pimentel, is a former spokesman of ex-Vice President Jejomar Binay.

Pimentel was a former chairperson of the Senate blue ribbon subcommittee that investigated Binay and his family for alleged anomalous projects in Makati, their bailiwick.— Courtesy of ABS-CBN News

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