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BFP personnel charged for quarantine violations

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ILOILO CITY – Twenty eight officers of the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) in Western Visayas have been slapped with an assortment of charges for blatantly violating IATF-issued Covid19 health protocols last June.


Heading the rap sheet is former BFP Region 6 chief Sr. Supt. Roderick Aguto as well as a number of his subordinates.


Supt. Annalee Carbajal-Atienza, BFP spokesperson, said the administrative charges include conduct prejudicial to the best interest of the service, simple misconduct, grave misconduct and grave dishonesty.


Published reports said this was related to their “three-day vacation” in Boracay last June 12 to 14 for a conference that never existed, but was actually a despedida party for Aguto who was being transferred elsewhere.


What made matters worse was that the Boracay trip was made with a female colleague who broke isolation to join the farewell party as she was awaiting the results of a Covid swab test, which turned out be positive.


The Malay local government had allowed the big BFP delegation to set foot on Boracay (which was still closed to tourists) without much ado because they alleged they were part of the official delegation led by Tourism Sec. Bernadette Puyat, Environment Sec. Roy Cimatu and Interior Sec. Ed Ano that had come over to inspect the tourist hotspot prior to its reopening to the public.


“No BFP representative was present in the meeting on June 11 of the Boracay Inter-Agency Task Force as it is not a member of the task force,” a press release of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources was quoted in reports as saying.


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