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Iloilo City mayor apologizes for series of gatherings that violate health protocols

/ 05:32 PM December 20, 2020

ILOILO CITY—Iloilo City Mayor Jerry Treñas has publicly apologized for last week’s series of gatherings attended by politicians and aid beneficiaries widely seen to have violated COVID-19 health protocols.

“I am issuing this public apology for the gatherings that happened at the Freedom Grandstand the past few days. I know no amount of reasoning can justify the events, and for that, I am deeply sorry. I only have the people’s best interests at heart,” the mayor said in a statement issued on Saturday.

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“Rest assured gatherings of that kind will not happen again,” he added.

Treñas and other city officials at the events have drawn flak for not observing or ensuring physical distancing, especially in a photo wherein the officials and other guests posed for photographers.

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He earlier said the observance of physical distancing was “forgotten” when the photo was taken.

The mayor and other officials were at the grandstand for distributing financial assistance from the Department of Social Welfare and Development to indigent beneficiaries channeled through the city social welfare and development office.

But some of those at the grandstand are not holding elective positions and are seen to be eyeing elective positions in the 2022 elections.

The city government has prohibited mass gatherings in the city in line with protocols issued by the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases.[ac]

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