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‘Di man lang ni-report! Joy Belmonte orders probe of Old Balara officials over ‘super spreader’ event

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Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte has ordered the city’s legal department to investigate the officials of Barangay Old Balara for failure to report a public gathering and a drinking session that led to the spread of COVID-19 to 72 residents.

Belmonte expressed dismay at the lax enforcement of health protocols by barangay captain Allan Franza and homeowners’ association president Don Brabante in their community.

“This should serve as a wake-up call for everyone to remain vigilant and wary of COVID-19. The virus is still very much in our environment and we are counting on everyone’s cooperation,” she said.

City Legal Officer Attorney Orlando Paolo Casimiro said his office has issued a show-cause order to Barangay Chairman Franza, asking him to explain why he should not be held criminally and administratively liable due to the reported superspreader event.

Based on the report by the City Epidemiology and Disease Surveillance Unit (CESU), a total of 255 residents of Area 7, Barangay Old Balara were swabbed and among these, 72 were confirmed positive.

“Most of our patients are currently admitted in different HOPE facilities while there are others isolated in their homes. Among those who are put under home quarantine are five minors, one pregnant adult, and one senior citizen,” said CESU Chief Dr. Rolando Cruz.