Manila Mayor Isko Moreno castigated top officials of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), headed by Secretary Roy Cimatu, for the “unforgivable” overcrowding of the Manila Bay fake white sand (or dolomite) beach along Roxas Boulevard, that was attended by countless violations of IATF-prescribed health protocols designed to curb the spread of Covid19.
According to Manila City Hall officials, an estimated 120,000 persons flocked to the dolomite beach resulting in an immense overflow of humanity which assigned DENR monitors could not physically handle.
Moreno blamed the DENR for not properly coordinating with City Hall officials which resulted in the bedlam.
He then called on the Inter-Agency Anti-Covid Task Force to file the appropriate charges against unidentified DENR personnel who were responsible for the multitudes who violated existing quarantine rules.
He warned: “I expect the IATF to file charges. If not, there is no point in implementing their guidelines.”
It was reported that the DENR’s Manila Bay Task Force chief Jacpb Meimban Jr. was sacked from his post and is supposedly being investigated for his utter failure in preventing the overcrowding of the dolomite beach (particularly on Sunday, Oct. 24) that resulted in countless violations of existing health and safety rules by the public.
Based on their own guidelines, the Manila Bay Inter-Agency Task Force allows only 4,000 visitors inside the dolomite beach for a maximum of two hours; while children under the age of 12 are prohibited.
But based on the various film footages shown on TV and and numerous pictures in newspapers, these guidelines were clearly not followed, which could eventually end up as a Covid superspreader event.
However, Interior Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya said that – for whatever reason – “faulty” DENR officials may end up not being criminally charged owing to their existing policy of leniency.
He cited the example of bars/restaurants found violating health protocols which end up being fined and closed temporarily without their respective owners not having to face criminal charges in court.
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