Mayor Sara warns ECQ violators

Mayor Sara warns ECQ violators

DAVAO CITY – The city government will not help persons afflicted with the Corona Virus Disease-19 infection if proven that he gets the illness due in the course of violating the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ).

Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio issued the order after witnessing herself many private vehicles roaming around the city as early as eight o’clock in the morning April 14 despite the observance of the ECQ.

She said whoever is afflicted with COVID-19 and would show in the contact tracing that one got the illness in violation of the ECQ, the government is not duty-bound to pay the hospital bill.

“If shown in your patient’s history that you are in violation of the Enhanced Community Quarantine, the government will not pay for your hospital bill,” Duterte-Carpio said.

She said she could hardly believe to see many vehicles on the road, even if the ECQ was being implemented at 8:00 am when there were few stores open.

Duterte-Carpio said the vehicles were composed of high-end sports utility vehicles ranging from Fortuner, Navarra, Montero to cars like Vios.

“I wonder where they were going,” she said.

Duterte-Carpio said it was unlikely that merchandisers in grocery stores own the cars since they are the only persons allowed to go out under ECQ aside from the market workers, bank tellers, health workers and members of the security sector.

She said that if the owners of these vehicles mentioned can afford to buy gasoline, they can afford to pay their hospital bills.

Duterte-Carpio said it is presumed that with the ownership of the vehicle, the person also has insurance coverage.

She said that in excess of the PhilHealth payment, the person will be obliged to pay the rest of the hospital bill.

Duterte-Carpio called on the Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) to get thoroughly the history of the patient.

“If your exposure showed that you were outside residence and you got the illness outside the classification of workers allowed to work during ECQ, the government should not be nice to these types of people,” she said.

Duterte-Carpio noticed that even before the curfew hour at 6:00 pm, there were many private vehicles on the road.

She said that it means these people can afford to buy fuel.

“If you can afford to buy fuel, you can afford to pay your hospital bill, intensive care unit and cremation,” Duterte-Carpio said.

She prodded on the concerned people to prepare for Two-Million Thirty-Two Thousand Pesos for ICU confinement.

Duterte-Carpio stressed the cause of the illness can be easily known through contact tracing.

She wanted tanks to guard the streets in order to block private vehicles.

Duterte-Carpio said owners of private vehicles are no different from the ones doing cockfight derby on the streets and those hiding behind buildings.

“You don’t deserve the assistance of government in this case,” she said.

Duterte-Carpio said it is unlikely that SUVs are the type of transportation, the ordinary workforce has.

She warned that if this kind of situation prevails, the lockdown will continue since it will be an unending task to look for COVID-19 positive patients.— (PIA XI-Joey Sem G. Dalumpines)

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