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Playing politics: Mike Defensor seeks probe on ‘super spreader’ QC event

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By Billy Begas

Lawmakers have filed a resolution seeking congressional investigation on the reported COVID-19 “superspreading” event in Quezon City.

In House Resolution 1884, Anakalusugan Rep. Mike Defensor, Deputy Speaker Rodante Marcoleta and Quezon City Rep. Anthony Peter Crisologo urged the House to probe the incident in Barangay Matandang Balara involving 6,000 residents who were asked to assemble for the handout of food packs.

“It was a mess. The event organizers did not even bother to get the names, addresses, and contact details of the attendees, so the authorities are now at a loss as to how to carry out any contact tracing,” Defensor said.

The event was linked to the surge of COVID-19 cases in the barangay forcing officials to quarantine thousands of residents and shut down six streets.

Based on the reports gathered by the lawmakers, at least 73 residents who attended the event that was sponsored by a city councilor have contracted COVID-19.

“We support the distribution of food supplies to residents, but these should preferably be given out to families door-to-door. Officials should avoid asking people to congregate all together in one place,” Defensor added. “All unnecessary large gatherings are potential superspreading events.”