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SC’s Leonen: It’s insensitive to hold parties during ECQ

By: - Reporter / @KHallareINQ
/ 09:12 PM May 13, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — It is insensitive to hold parties during the period of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) imposed due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), Supreme Court Associate Justice Marvic Leonen said Wednesday.

“Parties are mass gatherings.  It is insensitive to hold one,” Leonen said on Twitter.

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Leonen raised this concern after the chief of the National Capital Region Police Office, Major Gen. Debold Sinas, caused a stir after photos of him circulated on social media that he held a birthday party during the period of ECQ.

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Mass gatherings are prohibited under ECQ guidelines established by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases.

Sinas has since apologized for the party, saying that it was never his intention to violate ECQ protocols.

Sinas: ‘It was never my intention to disobey ECQ protocols’

Leonen even raised the Supreme Court held a retirement party for Associate Justice Andres Reyes Jr. on Monday via video teleconference, as they observed social distancing protocols.

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“He deserves more but we had to do what was ethical while our people suffer,” Leonen said, adding the hashtag #NoBirthdayParties.

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