KC Montero , Wife and Hundred Foreigners Arrested at M1 Tower Skye Bar Makati for GCQ Violation

KC Montero , Wife and Hundred Foreigners Arrested at M1 Tower Skye Bar Makati for GCQ Violation
Casey Wyatt Miller A.K.A. KC Montero and his wife were arrested in a bar in Makati City

Celebrity and TV host Casey Wyatt Miller A.K.A. KC Montero and his wife were arrested in a bar in Makati City Sunday night along with  the owner and other 118 customers local and foreign nationals for violating community quarantine guidelines against mass gathering and social distancing.

Major Gideon Ines Jr., Makati Police Investigation Unit chief, said they also arrested one of the bar owners identified as Felix Maramba.

Makati police said it conducted an operation at posh roofdeck lounge Skye bar located at the 18th floor of M1 Tower in Salcedo Village on Sunday afternoon. Authorities said at least 100 customers were caught drinking liquor — several of them even violating social distancing rules.

This was after Makati Police received a tip that the bar and its customers were violating social distancing while still under general community quarantine to stop the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

“We also received videos showing that they were violating social distancing, and we went there, it was really crowded some of them are drinking,” Ines said.

“Mr. Montero said he did not know that bars are not yet allowed to operate. He said that they were just at the bar to dine,” the Makati Police Investigation Unit chief said.

Under GCQ, bars are still not allowed to operate. To recall, bars were the first to be closed at the start of the implementation of the community quarantine as they are deemed inessential establishments.

The arrested 121 individuals were all brought to the Makati Police Headquarters and underwent booking procedures, 73 of which are foreign nationals.

"Nagpaliwanag naman yug may-ari ng bar. Ayon sa kanya, hindi daw alam 'yung panuntunan regarding sa GCQ kung talagang allowed po yung sa dine-in. But actually pagdating natin doon, 'yun pala ay isang bar na may nag-iinuman then napakarami pong customers. Pagka titingnan mo is talagang andun yung mga violation ng distancing restrictions," he told CNN Philppines' Balitaan.

[Translation: The owner explained that they are not aware of GCQ restrictions, if dine-in is allowed. But when we arrived, we saw that it was a bar. A lot of the customers were drinking. You can see that they were violating physical distancing restrictions.]

The Investigation chief said the individuals claimed that they were just invited by the owner for the re-opening of the bar.

Ines reminded the public that there is no cure for COVID-19 yet, and that bars are not yet allowed by the government to operate.

“Please do not be hard-headed, cooperate with authorities as this disease has no cure yet. We still urge everybody to stay at home if you have nothing important to do outside your homes,” he appealed.

Makati City remains under general community quarantine with restaurants and cafes only allowed to operate at 30 percent of its regular capacity. Bars are still prohibited from reopening.

Following the raid, police arrested one of the bar owners and the customers. Those arrested were brought to the Brgy. Guadalupe Nuevo Gym to maintain physical distancing. Those rounded up will be facing charges for violation of Republic Act 11332 or the Mandatory Reporting of Notifiable Diseases Law, according to Makati Police Chief Oscar Jacildo.

KC Montero Decries Makati bar arrest

“That’s like backwards social distancing. They arrest us for protecting us for social distancing, tapos force us to not social distance, and then put us–did you see the truck there? That’s bad,” he told reporters.

Following reports of his arrest, Montero took to Twitter to express his regret over his decision to dine out.

He also mentioned that the arrest was an “opposite of social distancing protocols.”

Montero later on deleted the series of tweets but Interaksyon managed to take a screenshot of some of these. Showbiz blog Fashion Pulis also reposted the tweets before they were deleted.
>KC Montero Decries Makati bar arrest

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