Manila City Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso said Wednesday that officials of locked-down Barangay 20 in Manila City will face administrative charges following reports of community quarantine violations in the area.
Some days ago, Tondo was put in the spotlight after residents, amid the COVID-19 pandemic, reportedly took part in public activities such as boxing and bingo that led to the city Mayor’s order of putting Barangay 20 to a 24-hour total shutdown. Also, Domagoso immediately ordered disease surveillance, testing and rapid risk assessment operations in the barangay.
Moreover, at least 80 residents were apprehended for violating the lockdown and curfew regulations.
Moreno added the person who led the boxing match has been arrested, and will also be charged for violations of the quarantine protocols and the Republic Act No. 11469 or the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act.
“In this case, ‘yung mga barangay officials, nanagot na (the village officials have paid the price). They’re going to face some administrative charges,” Moreno said in an interview with The Source.
“Diyan kasi maraming PUI (there are many patients under investigation), sa Parola,” the Manila Mayor said. “So we decided to shut it down today. Nobody moves, literally. They have to stay in their houses to pave the way for swabbing of more or less two dozen individuals in the community,” added Moreno.
Moreno then appeal for his constituents to strictly follow the guidelines imposed by the local government to help curb the spread of the infectious disease.
“Kailangang maging responsable rin silang mamamayan. Katulad nitong nangyari dito, we don’t tolerate this type of situation simply because we are certain about our rules,” he stressed.
As of Tuesday, Manila City has reported 344 confirmed cases of COVID-19. Nationwide, the viral disease has affected 5,223 people.