Articles worth reading

12 Pasig officers receive traffic violation tickets

account_balancePasig access_time5 days ago

Twelve Pasig City enforcers received violation tickets after they were caught breaking traffic rules and regulations in the city. In a Facebook post, Pasig Mayor Vico Sotto said enforcers were issued traffic violation tickets and had their vehicles ...

Photo courtesy of: Bikeyanihan

Saint Benilde alumni launch ‘Bikeyanihan’ 

account_balanceMetro Manila access_time5 days ago

A fundraising campaign launched by De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde (CSB) alumni aims to provide bicycles for Filipino workers walking long distances to work as a result of limited transportation due to restrictions imposed to control the spread ...

Makati City Mayor Abby Binay

Makati to ban liquor drinking outside residence 

account_balanceMakati access_time5 days ago

Makati City will prohibit drinking liquor outside residence, according to Mayor Abigail Binay. She clarified this policy will only be effective while the city is under a state of calamity, public health emergency, or any similar declarations. The M...

San Juan News

San Juan City Mayor Francis Zamora / San Juan PIO

Zamora accused of breaching Baguio protocols 

account_balanceSan Juan chat_bubble_outline0 Comments

Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong confirmed an incident involving San Juan City Mayor Zamora who was accused of allegedly breaching border safety protocols during the latter’s visit to the city recently.

In a statement posted on the official Facebook page of the Baguio City Public Information Office, Magalong stressed that no one, regardless of rank and position, is exempted from the health and safety protocols when entering the city’s borders.

“There is utmost need to reassert the policy position of the City Government that no one, regardless of rank and position, is exempted from the established and long-held health and safety protocols when entering the city,” he said.

“This policy is strongly iterated in view of the apparent violation of existing health protocols by a group of visiting officials led by San Juan, Metro Manila Mayor Francis Zamora—ignoring the border control checkpoint at Kennon Road, and proceeding to their place of destination (Baguio Country Club) without their having to undergo the mandatory triage health examination,” he added.

Magalong said the incident has “put Baguio at serious health risk by the simple act of ignoring health and safety protocols.”

What happened

Magalong, who was in Metro Manila at the time, narrated what transpired during the visit of Zamora and his entourage on June 5 as reported to him by Baguio City Police director Col. Allen Rae Co.

According to Magalong, Zamora arrived at the Kennon Road quarantine checkpoint at around 2:30 p.m. on June 5 in a convoy of six vehicles, with uniformed personnel inside.

“When his group was flagged down for inspection, the driver of the lead vehicle just slowed down a bit, and merely told the checkpoint personnel that he was part of a convoy, pointing out the vehicles tailing his police car, then forthwith sped off with the Mayor’s entourage in tow,” he said.

After the incident, checkpoint personnel followed the vehicles enroute to Baguio Country Club. Upon their arrival at the country club, Zamora’s group was asked to present the required medical health clearance, but failed to provide any, Magalong continued.

Since the San Juan City mayor and his group were already at their destination, medical personnel from the City Health Office Service Office were deployed to the country club to set up a triage facility.

“From this narration of facts, it can be reasonably sensed that Baguio’s health and safety protocols have been violated and the regulatory mechanism of quarantine check and triage examination at the Naguillan facility was not followed,” Magalong said.

Blame falls on Zamora’s police escort

The Baguio mayor narrated that Zamora was asleep in his car at the time when the police escort leading his convoy “mindlessly took it on his own to ignore” the border protection measures enforced by the city.

“It is clear that the San Juan City-based police officer who served as lead escort of his City Mayor’s convoy has committed a serious breach of standing quarantine protocols,” Magalong said.

“To his credit, Mayor Zamora took the effort to inform me about this incident and apologized for the serious lapse on the part of his police escorting officer,” he added.

Apology

Zamora also on Sunday apologized to Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong and to the people of Baguio after his breach of border safety protocols during his visit to the city recently.

“I would like to extend my sincere apologies to Mayor Benjamin Magalong and the people of Baguio City for the incident that happened last June 5, 2020 on our way to Baguio City,” Zamora said in a statement.

“We had no intention of breaking any checkpoint or quarantine protocols of the LGU (local government unit). I have personally called Mayor Magalong earlier today (Sunday) to convey my apologies and to explain that this was a miscommunication in the checkpoint area,” he added.

Magalong earlier issued a statement regarding the incident, saying Zamora’s group violated the health protocols of the city after “ignoring the border control checkpoint at Kennon Road, and proceeding to their place of destination without their having to undergo the mandatory triage health examination.”

Upon their arrival at the hotel, Zamora said management told them to undergo triage which they all “fully and immediately complied with.”

Zamora explained that the reason for his visit to Baguio was to accompany his wife, Keri, who will be staying at her family’s house there for a few weeks to rest and recover.

The mayor said his wife is a Stage 3 breast cancer patient and is undergoing treatment. Francis and Keri have four children.

“We decided to go to Baguio because her family has an old house there. She was going to stay there for a few weeks to rest and recover,” he said.

date_rangeDate Published
1 month ago
shareShare article
folder_openArticle tags
content_copyCategorized under

Share your thoughts with us

Related Articles

Pasay opens tents for stranded passengers

account_balancePasay chrome_reader_mode1 week ago

Pasay City opened more rooms at the Villamor Airbase Elementary School (VABES) and set up tents at the school premises to accommodate locally stranded individuals (LSIs) whose number increased anew at the vicinity of the Ninoy Aquino Internation...

Manila public schools post 100% enrollment rate

account_balanceManila chrome_reader_mode1 week ago

Public school officials in Manila said exceeded their target by hitting 100.46 percent enrollment for the upcoming school year. Based on the data provided by the Manila Division of City Schools, there were 270,219 public school enrollees as of July ...

Caloocan shortens curfew hours

account_balanceCaloocan chrome_reader_mode1 week ago

Mayor Oscar “Oca” Malapitan approved on ordinance shortening curfew hours in Caloocan City as the General Community Quarantine (GCQ) continues in Metro Manila due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Pursuant to Ordinance No. 0876 authored by Counc...

Let's Stay Connected Like us on our Facebook page.
×
Click on the article to continue reading
Pasig launches economic recovery plan House panel rejects ABS-CBN’s bid for new franchise 2020 declared as ‘Year of Filipino Health Workers’ Senator pushes perks for work-from-home scheme Banks agree to keep InstaPay transactions free until December Gov't allows motorcycle barriers for backrides Send Press Release MNC Facebook Page MNC Twitter Page MNC Instagram Page LGU Spotlight Barangay Front Business Sports Entertainment Metro Gen Metro Feature