Barangay leaders were last week cautioned to ensure protocols are enforced in their areas; otherwise, they would be held accountable.
President Rodrigo Duterte issued the warning after the Caloocan City government filed a complaint against Barangay 171 chairperson Romeo Rivera, who reportedly allowed a Mother’s Day mass gathering of no less than 500 people—including minors and senior citizens—at Gubat sa Ciudad resort.
According to the city health officer and permits and licensing office chief, modified enhanced quarantine measures against operation of theme parks, pools and leisure centers were disregarded.
Visitors reportedly did not wear masks or practice social distancing.
Rivera denied these allegations, claiming that he did not allow Gubat sa Ciudad to operate. “As a matter of fact, I had the guests arrested. I did my part and reminded Gubat. They are the ones at fault for allowing guests in,” he said in Filipino.
Despite this, Department of Interior and Local Government chief Eduardo Año said that they would file charges against violators, the resort owner and barangay officials. He also slammed Rivera’s claim of innocence.
“It’s impossible that barangay officials are not aware of what’s happening in the barangay,” he said.