73 held, 10 rescued during QCPD inspection of bars

July 11, 2021 Melnie Ragasa-limena 194 views

THE Quezon City Police District inspected indoor live entertainment performance venues such as bars, karaoke bars, and clubs to see if these are observing IATF guidelines and public safety hours from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Seventy three people were arrested and 10 people were rescued by combined elements of the District Women and Children Concern Section (DWCCS), Criminal Investigation and Detection Unit (CIDU), and District Special Operations Unit together with the Quezon City Health Department and Social Services Development Department.

Authorities conducted two consecutive operations on Thursday night (July 8, 2021), at about 10 p.m. at the Baia Luna KTV Bar located along Timog Avenue, Quezon City and Friday night (July 9, 2021), at about 10:53 p.m. at the Chaparral KTV Ventures Inc. along Quezon Avenue, Quezon City.

At 10 p.m. o July 8, 2021, the inspecting and operating teams proceeded to the Baia Luna KTV Bar along Timog Avenue and saw numerous workers and guests inside the establishment, which is a clear violation of IATF protocols.

Fifty four female workers and Guest Relations Officers were apprehended.

Violation of R.A 11332 also known as Mandatory Reporting of Notifiable Diseases and Health Events of Public Health Concern Act will be filed in court against the management of the said KTV bar.

Meanwhile, at about 10:53 p.m. of July 9, 2021, another inspection was conducted at the Chaparal KTV Ventures Inc., located on 1182 Quezon Avenue, Bgy. Paligsahan.

Numerous workers and guests including senior citizens were found inside the said establishment thus violating the IATF protocols.

It was also learned that the establishment has expired business and sanitary permits.

The health certificate of the employees were also expired.

The employees and guests were brought to Camp Karingal for documentation and verification.

Ten rescued female workers were released upon issuance of ordinance violation receipts for violation of IATF protocols.

Meanwhile, the 19 arrested violators were brought for Inquest Proceedings at about 6 p.m. of July 10, 2021 under Atty. Mark Oliver Asis, Public Attorney III for violation of R.A. 11332 or Mandatory Reporting of Notifiable Diseases and Health Events of Public Health Concern Act, violation of IATF protocols, Quezon City Ordinance No. SP- 2938, S-2020, An ordinance providing penalties for violation of Executive Order No. 31, series of 2020 of the City Mayor in the Regulation of the Sale and Consumption of Alcoholic Beverages in Quezon City, Quezon City Ordinance SP-91, S-93 or The QC Revenue Code, and RA 10364 an Act Expanding R.A. 9208 or Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2003.

The owners of the said establishment will also be charged with the same offenses.

“The QCPD has been receiving numerous complaints from concerned citizens that Resto bars in Quezon City have been operating, wherein it is a clear violation of IATF protocols under General Community Quarantine (GCQ). Visitations, inspections, and monitoring on the different bars and establishment will be continuously implemented in Quezon City,” warned Yarra.