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Who Are Exempted from Curfew and What Happens to Violators?

They have to bring their IDs.
by John Paulo Aguilera
Aug 20, 2020
Photo/s: Jerome Ascano

The curfew in Metro Manila applies to everyone except Authorized Persons Outside of Residence or what police refer to as APORs. These are people who belong to industries that are allowed to operate under GCQ. Everyone else must comply, the Philippine National Police said Thursday.

So-called APORs work in business allowed under GCQ, transport, agriculture and government service among others, said Brig. Gen Bernard Banac, the PNP spokesman. They only need to bring their employment IDs as proof that they are APORs.

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Should you get caught violating the curfew, Banac said: "No new penalties for curfew. Only warnings, cautions are given." However, there is a caveat, "For those resisting, local government unit ordinances and penalties may be applied."

The national government, throught the Inter-Agency Task Force or IATF, sets quarantine classifications such as GCQ. Local governments, however, enforce the curfew through municipal and city ordinances.

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Authorities encourage only essential travel — those related to work, medical care and emergencies, market, shopping and groceries, and air travel during GCQ. Fines of P1,000 to P5,000 and safety lectures in barangay centers have been meted out to violators of COVID-19 quarantine rules.

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