PNP relieves Ermita police station commander as visitors flock to ‘white sand beach’

Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Gen. Camilo Cascolan has relieved Ermita Police Station Commander PLtCol. Ariel Caramoan for his failure to control the crowd that flocked to see the “white sand” beach at the baywalk along Manila Bay.

In a statement on Sunday, Joint Task Force COVID Shield said it was thankful to Cascolan for making the move, saying that Caramoan should have planned and implemented “strict security and health safety measures” in the area.

The task force added that there should have been planning and regular monitoring of the area prior to the opening, so quarantine violations could have been prevented.

It also said Caramoan failed to comply with the order “to monitor and immediately take action on violations of the quarantine protocols that are going viral on social media.”

JTF COVID Shield Commander PLtGen. Guillermo Eleazar said they received word that large crowds were in the area at around 6:00 AM, prompting the Manila Police District director and other personnel to respond.

“Ibig sabihin ay dapat palang ma-prevent yan, dapat naisip na niya yan. At hindi ‘yung magre-react tayo kapag nangyari na itong sitwasyon na ito,” Eleazar said, adding that what happened to Caramoan should serve as a lesson to others.

Caramoan will be replaced by PLtCol. Alex Daniel as officer-in-charge.

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