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Pimentel to be subpoenaed for quarantine breach next week

/ 04:51 AM April 08, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — A notice will be served to Sen. Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III by the Department of Justice (DOJ) to answer a criminal complaint against him for violating quarantine protocols while he was a presumed COVID-19 carrier.

Prosecutor General Benedicto Malcontento said the DOJ would issue the subpoena “likely next week,” along with a copy of the complaint filed on Monday by lawyer Rico Quicho.

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Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said the assigned prosecutor “will start the process immediately” and conduct a preliminary investigation to decide whether to charge the senator in court.

Quicho filed the complaint on behalf of the health workers of Makati Medical Center.

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He accused Pimentel of violating Republic Act No. 11332 or the Mandatory Reporting of Notifiable Diseases and Health Events Act of 2018 and health regulations during the COVID-19 crisis when he accompanied his pregnant wife to Makati Med on March 25 although he was supposed to be on quarantine. INQ

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