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Hearing on Koko Pimentel’s quarantine breach seen in May

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Prosecutor General Benedictor Malcontento has expressed hope that the preliminary investigation over the complaint against Sen. Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III could start after the enhanced community quarantine ends this April.

“Subpoena will be issued next week, likely hearing after ECQ (enhanced community quarantine) around mid May,” he said

Meanwhile, Malcontento said named Assistant State Prosecutor Wendell Bendoval to conduct the preliminary investigation of the complaint filed by former Unversity of Makati law dean Rico Quicho.

Pimentel is accused of having violated Republic Act 11332 (the Mandatory Reporting of Notifiable Diseases and Health Events of Public Health Concern Act) and its implementing rules and other Department of Health (DOH) regulations.

“As a lawyer and advocate of the rule of law, I cannot in good conscience allow the reckless actions of Senator Koko Pimentel to be brushed aside so easily,” Quicho had stated.

“He blatantly violated laws, which put the lives and health of frontliners and even ordinary citizens at grave risk,” he added.

Before admitting he has COVID-19, Pimentel accompanied his then pregnant wife at the Makati Medical Center last March 24 even though he was supposed to under self-quarantine for being a person under investigation (PUI).

“He has categorically admitted his breach without remorse,” Quicho pointed out.

“And yet because of his position, he is still not being made accountable,” he lamented.

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