Host KC Montero, 100 others arrested in Makati bar for allegedly violating quarantine restrictions

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 29) — TV host KC Montero and at least 100 other local and foreign nationals were arrested at a high-end bar in Makati City on Sunday for allegedly violating community quarantine guidelines against mass gathering.

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

Makati Police Deputy Chief PMaj. Gideon Ines said 113 customers were arrested, 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.]

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 PCol Oscar Jacildo.

CNN Philippines is trying to reach the bar owners for comment.