6 ‘undocumented’ travelers snagged while attempting to enter NegOcc

PHOTO CAPTION: Police personnel man the Kabankalan City- Mabinay border in Brgy. Tagukon, Kabankalan City./iNews (Photos courtesy of Kabankalan City Police Station)

BACOLOD CITY–Six persons from Mindanao who attempted to enter Negros Occidental via Dumaguete City on Friday, November 26, may face legal charges, Atty. Rayfrando Diaz, provincial administrator, said on Sunday.

Diaz told Iloilo News that he will discuss the matter with Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson and Atty. Alberto Nellas Jr. next week and decide what legal action to take against the violators.

The six were intercepted while onboard a Ceres bus at the checkpoint in Brgy. Tabugon, Kabankalan City, vis-à-vis the discovery they had no travel documents.

They were immediately ordered to disembark.

Diaz said all six will be held at the Silay City quarantine facility and tested for COVID-19 after five days at their own expense.

CERES LIABILITY

Diaz blamed Vallacar Transit Inc., operator of the Ceres buses that ply the Bacolod-Dumaguete route through the Kabankalan City-Mabinay border, for the attempted provincial ‘break in’.

“The bus firm is not complying with our protocols that require travelers to submit travel documents upon entering Negros Occidental,” he stated.

The provincial government requires fully vaccinated travelers entering Negros Occidental from the Oriental side to present an S-PaSS and a vaccination card. Those unvaccinated, on the other hand, must present a negative RT-PCR test result.

Diaz said demanding documentation is a deterrent against the spread of COVID-19. (Eugene Y. Adiong/iNews-Bacolod/Negros Bureau)

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