Inatasan ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte ang Department of the Interior and Local Government na papanagutin ang mga alkalde at punong barangay na mapapatunayang naging pabaya sa pagpapatupad ng COVID-19 quarantine protocols sa kanilang lugar.
Pinuna ni Pangulong Duterte ang pagdami ng quarantine violations kamakailan na aniya’y maaaring nagdulot ng pagtaas ng kaso ng COVID-19 sa Metro Manila at mga karatig probinsya nito.
“Now I will do this. I will hold responsible, and I will direct the Secretary of the Local Government — DILG — to hold the mayors and those responsible for these kinds of events happening in their places. It is a violation of the law. And if you do not enforce the law, there is a dereliction of duty, which is punishable under the Revised Penal Code,” ani Pangulong Duterte.
Dagdag pa niya, “So, the DILG can proceed against you for not doing your duty as mayor, or as a barangay captain. But not so much about the mayor. It’s just that there goes the liability. These barangay captains are the problem. Since barangays are really small; do not give me that s*** about that you didn’t know about it.”
Ayon sa Pangulo, nakarating sa kanya ang ilang ulat ng pagdaraos ng fiesta at kasiyahan sa ilang lugar na maaari umanong naging sanhi ng pagkalat ng virus.
“The local government will go after you — administratively and criminally — if there’s a fiesta gathering or dance there. The DILG will call the mayor and the barangay captain,” babala ni Pangulong Duterte.
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