Nueva Ecija cops nab funeral band for breaking quarantine | Inquirer News

Nueva Ecija cops nab funeral band for breaking quarantine

By: - Correspondent / @AMGalangINQ
/ 05:49 PM May 22, 2020

GAPAN CITY –– Sixteen members of a brass band, who were performing at a funeral, were arrested by the police on Thursday for violating quarantine rules.

The band’s vehicle was accompanying a funeral train from Barangay San Nicolas that was rolling towards the public cemetery in Barangay Mangino. The band was flagged down at 1:30 p.m. for failing to secure a permit, and for violating regulations on physical distancing.

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The police detained band leader Ariel Matias, 36, and his band members July Rivera, 27; Eduardo Matias, 55; Christine Santiago, 24; Ismael Betchayda, 36; Robertson Sunga, 21; John Aries Bagaybagayan, 31; Richard Quijano, 34; Angelio Sison, 23; and Victor de Guzman, 48. They are all San Nicolas residents.

Also arrested were band members Gervie Constantino, 20; Geremy Constantino, 18; Jon Jon Collado, 36; Joel Datos, 44, of Barangay Sto. Niño, and Marck Capinlac, 27, and Anthony Capionlac, 28, of San Vicente village.

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Their driver, Angel Domingo, 43, was also hauled to the city police station.

Nueva Ecija is under a modified enhanced community quarantine and has recorded 55 patients with the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Forty-three of them have recovered, but three COVID-19 patients have died.

The ban on physical distancing and mass gatherings are among measures being imposed by the local inter-agency task force to prevent the spread of the disease.

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