DEPARTMENT of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo M. Año today said he is issuing a Show Cause Order against barangay officials who are behind in the conduct of a viral Sinulog street dance and procession in a COVID-19 hotspot in Cebu City. He also ordered the PNP-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group to conduct an investigation and file charges against the organizers of the said event.
“We will not tolerate any violation of our quarantine protocols. Those responsible will be made to account. Hindi din naman tayo tumitigil sa pagpapaalala na napakalaki ng risk of transmission ng COVID-19 sa mass gathering and yet we see these kinds of activities and what makes it worse ay ang barangay na ito ay isang COVID-19 hotspot,” Año said.
“We will definitely get to the bottom of this. We have issued a Show Cause Order against the officials who are involved in this blatant violation of the ECQ currently being implemented in Cebu City,” he added.
According to the reports reaching the DILG, hundreds of people flocked the street of Sitio Alumnos in Barangay Basak San Nicolas last Saturday, June 27, to participate in a Sinulog street dance and procession in violation of the prohibition against mass gathering.
Año said it is frustrating that despite being one of the barangays in Cebu City that is a COVID-19 hotspot, organizers of the said street dance in Barangay Basak San Nicolas still went on with the parade and authorities failed to stop it. He says that the said violation of health protocols placed the lives of the people there at risk.
“We need people to practice discipline. They should know better dahil ang Cebu City ang may pinakamaraming kaso, dapat sila ang mas maingat.
We have nothing against the expression of devotion but in a time of crisis, kailangan mag-isip din naman tayo. Sa ganitong mga pagsuway mas maraming buhay tayong nilalagay sa kapahamakan. Disiplina Muna!” he said.