ONLY a couple of days after several Caloocan barangay officials were made to answer by Mayor Isko Moreno for holding illegal cockfighting inside the Manila North Cemetery, he went after another set of barangay officials, this time from Tondo, after a street boxing match with at least a hundred of spectators inclulding children, was held in their area in Parola.
The total disregard of the anti-COVID measures also prompted Moreno to order the cancellation of all quarantine passes in Barangay 20 in Parola, located in the first district of Tondo, as he issued an executive order for its total lockdown from 8 p.m. of April 14, 2020 up to 8 p.m. of April 15, 2020, in order to give way to testing by the Manila Health Department. This, after the over 100 spectators exposed themselves to the possibility of getting the virus by not observing the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ), social distancing and the wearing of face masks.
‘Lahat dadakpin at ilalagay sa pasilidad na dapat sa inyo. Sagad na po ang gobyerno. Walang lalabas. Pasensiyahan tayo. Walang makalalabas sa inyo. Puro pulis po diyan at humihingi rin tayo ng tulong sa AFP. Wala kaming tatanggaping dahilan. Masyado nang naging mapagmalasakit ang pamahalaan sa inyo. Ngayon dadagdagan namin magsasagawa ng testing sa area ang Manila Health Department,’he said.
‘Umaasa ako sa pakikiisa ninyo at sana di na maulit ito. Sa lahat ng dako, lahat ng lumalabag mananagot sa mata ng batas, opisyal man o ordinaryong tao,’ Moreno stressed, adding that he also once lived in the said area but that during their time, they knew how to heed calls from the local and national governments.
Earlier, Moreno tasked special mayor’s reaction team chief Maj. Jhun Ibay to conduct an investigation into the viral video of the street boxing at Pier 2, Parola Compound, Tondo, Manila under Barangay 20 Zone 2.
Ibay, in his report, stated that the boxing event was organized by a certain ‘Gigi’ and was held on April 12, 2020, using children as boxers in exchange for reward money.
On orders of Moreno, Ibay wrote the barangay officials in charge of the area, directing them to explain as they were in clear violation of a string of laws. They are as follows: Chairman Bryan M. Mondejar and barangay kagawads Nonie P. Dellota, Anthony G. Igus, Larry P. Fuentes, Rufo S. Gacul, Amalia A. Bergoro, Michael John Arinque, Freddie C. Amistoso, all of Barangay 20, Zone 2, District I, Road 10, Tondo, Manila.
During the barangay 'shutdown' as provided for by Executive Order No. 19, Moreno said that ‘all residents of the said barangay shall be strictly confined to their residences and are prohibited from going out of their houses, with the exception of healthcare workers and officers and members of the police, military, coast guard and other government offices involved in emergency frontline services. Assistant Secretary to the Mayor Manuel Zarcal also signed the order.
‘Yung pasimuno na alyas ‘Gigi,’ nahuli ang sagot, nagkatuwaan lang daw sila. Katuwaan ba ang sitwasyon natin? Talipandas ka palang talaga,’the mayor said.
Meanwhile, Moreno said the barangay officials concerned may be charged administratively due to neglect.
So far, Ibay had them been charged with violation of the following: Republic Act No. 11332 (Mandatory Reporting of Notifiable Diseases and Health Events of Public Health Concern Act); Republic Act No. 11469 known as the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act” Section 6-A (LGU Officials disobeying national government policies or directives in imposing quarantines); Proclamation No. 922 series of 2020 (Declaring the State of Public Health Emergency throughout the Philippines) Section 4 (All citizens, residents, tourists and establishment owners urged to act within the bounds of the law to comply with the lawful directives and advisories to be issued by appropriate government agencies to prevent further transmission of the Covid-19 and ensure the safety and well-being at all); Presidential Decree No. 603 (Child Welfare Act) and Republic Act No. 6713 otherwise known as the ‘Code of Conduct and Ethical Standard for Public Official and Employees’.