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Gov’t officials sued for disregarding health protocols

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Multiple complaints were filed against several government officials recently before the Office of the Ombudsman. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, San Juan Mayor Francis Zamora, San Juan Rep. Ronaldo Zamora, Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puya, and former Philippine National Chief Gen. Debold Sinas were amongst the respondents. The charges were alleged violations of Covid19 protocols.

Pinoy Aksyon for Governance and the Environment released a statement that explained the charges they filed. The complaint against Puyat is for “violating quarantine protocols when she brought along [a] 6-year-old [on] a trip to Bohol despite the travel ban on children and minors.”


They complained against Roque for quarantine restriction “violations” on non-essential travel. Their basis is Roque’s trips to Subic in July 2020 and Boracay in February earlier this year. Additionally, the public meeting he conducted back in November of 2020 in Cebu “without observing social distancing.”


The statement went on to say: “Clearly, the presidential spokesperson is not only making a mockery of legally mandated minimum public health standards in response to the Covid19 pandemic. He flaunts his power as if he is beyond the rule of law.”


Mayor Francis Zamora was part of the suit because of alleged violating quarantine protocols back in June 2020 when at Baguio City.


Pinoy Aksyon’s statement went on to say: “Ito namang si Roque, Puyat and Mayor Zamora, pasyal ng pasyal habang ang masa ay nakukulong.” (Roque, Puyat and Mayor Zamora keep going on jaunts and traveling while the masses end up in jail for it.)


Rep. Zamora, on the other hand, was said by the watchdog to have violated FDA (Food and Drug Administration) Circular No. 2020-036 when he got Sinopharm shots before the emergency use authorization (EUA) for it was issued.


Complaints were also filed against Latigo News TV owner Mario Batuigas, vlogger Amor Virata, and Noveleta, Cavite Mayor Dino Reyes Chua for “spreading false information in violation of the Bayanihan Heal as One law, committing libel, violating the Mandatory Reporting of Notifiable Diseases law (RA 11332) and the Data Privacy Law (RA 10173).”

Photo: Conan Daily / Presidential Comm. / Rappler


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