BAGUIO CITY — People are being smuggled into the city despite the strict quarantine regulations, Baguio City police confirmed today after three persons were caught in the act of sneaking into the city inside a cargo truck carrying fruits and vegetables.
Baguio City police director Col. Allen Rae Co revealed that three individuals were caught hiding inside a cargo truck of H&E Fruits & Vegetables Trading, not expecting that the truck would be thoroughly checked after persistent reports of trucks being used to sneak in people inside the city.
Co said they have been receiving persistent reports of similar incidents from the mayor’s office but the police could not conduct inspections because of restrictions in checking cargo trucks.
To confirm, Co ordered a random spot check on one cargo truck passing through the checkpoint and busted the three. The three individuals are now being investigated.
Magalong ordered the police to enforce necessary measures to address the problem which he said is putting the city in danger as these persons have been evading quarantine protocols.
Co said two kinds of checkpoints are in place in the city— Quarantine Control Points (QCP) and Dedicated Control Points ( DCP).
The QCP manned by policemen is not allowed to check cargo trucks in order not to hamper the deliveries of basic goods, while the DCP under the Highway Patrol Group is allowed to properly check delivery trucks.
On orders of the mayor, Co coordinated with the Philippine National Police – Cordillera and the Highway Patrol Group (HPG) for the deployment of an HPG member to the BCPO QCPs so that they can conduct full inspections of cargo trucks.
The mayor warned that those who engage in such unscrupulous activity will be dealt with accordingly.
Since March 28, the city closed its borders to non-essential travels and stranded residents from other provinces except Benguet to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
The ban though does not include deliveries of food, medicines and other essential items.