A FOOT procession attended by some residents in Barangay Calamba, Cebu City has prompted an investigation to be conducted by the Department of the Interior and Local Government and local police due to health protocols violation.
A video of the foot procession, which happened on Sunday, September 26, has gone viral on social media.
Emergency Operations Center Deputy Chief Implementer and Councilor Joel Garganera said placed under investigation are the president of the chapel, the drum and bugle corps leader and Barangay Calamba captain Victor Quijano.
"Giapil nila og imbestigar ang barangay captain. Giapil sad nila og imbestigar ang presidente sa maong kapilya. Ang head pud sa drum and bugle kay mao man toy nakadag hugyaw. Ang nahitabo man gud kay gilibot nila ang santos sa ila ra nuong sitio, but that is still a violation, so angay sila manubag niana," said Garganera.
(They included in the investigation the barangay captain, chapel president and head of the drum and bugle corps. What happened was they toured around the sitio their patron saint, but that is still a violation, so they have to answer.)
On Sunday, Quijano told the media that he did not allow the foot procession, stressing that what he approved was a motorcade.
Garganera said what happened was not what was approved.
He said masses at chapels and foot processions have not yet been allowed, based on the guidelines issued by the Archdiocese of Cebu.
Cebu City Police Office Director Josefino said they will wait for the result of the investigation.
Cebu City Mayor Mike Rama, for his part, said there will be “no sacred cow,” stressing that the City has been working hard to solve the problems brought by the Covid-19 pandemic.
He said there will always be fiestas, but guidelines have to be followed considering that there is a Covid-19 pandemic. (MVE/LMY)