Fiesta activity in Carcar ordered stopped

·2 min read

THOUSANDS of residents of Barangay Napo in Carcar City, southern Cebu were dismayed after their fiesta activity was cut short by the police at 10:50 p.m. on Saturday, May 21, 2022.

Former Napo barangay captain and one of the event organizers Ronel Nacua described the incident as politically motivated.

Nacua said they were having an awarding of winners of basketball tournament and a live-band presentation, one of nightly activities leading to the fiesta celebration in honor of San Isidro Labrador, when policemen arrived and ordered to stop the activity. The police also confiscated the sound system for safekeeping.

Nacua said the current administration singled them out from all other barangays that organized a similar activity but were not interrupted.

He also said that they had a permission from the barangay to hold the activity, which was held in a privately-owned open court.

"Tataw maingon nato nga dunay politika nga nagpahipi, kay nganong ang ubang barngy..sama ra ang kalihukan wala pa undanga (It's very clear that politics is behind this, since other barangays were allowed to hold the same activity," Nacua added.

Tonio, not his real name, in an interview with Sunstar Cebu alleged that Vice Mayor Apura and Councilor Garcia might have ordered the move afer they lost in the barangay during the May 9 elections.

Vice Mayor Apura lost to Patrick Barcenas for the city's top post.

Sunstar Cebu tried to contact Napo barangay captain Roderico Sonsona to ask for his comments but failed.

Vice Mayor Apura told Sunstar Cebu that the activity was ordered stop due to lack of permit and not because of politics.

"Kana iyang pagarpar ba, pagsalig guro siya sa kalihukan, unya wala may permit ato gipa-undang," Apura said.

According to him, the city ordinance is still existing and has not been repealed.

"We based our order on the ordinance, and not on politics," Apura said. (GPL, TPT)

Our goal is to create a safe and engaging place for users to connect over interests and passions. In order to improve our community experience, we are temporarily suspending article commenting