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VIOLATORS ISSUE PUBLIC APOLOGY
By: Vanessa Almeda | Published Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Two individuals who mocked the imposed curfew, violated the ban on large gatherings and did not practice social distancing measures apologized to Governor Gwendolyn Garcia on Monday, March 23 after getting publicly berated by the latter.

Garcia issued a strong warning against hard-headed Cebuanos that they will be publicly shamed if they continue to disregard her executive orders.

Facebook users Brandon Vismanos Perang and Neil-John Bartolini both issued public apology minutes after the statement. 

Perang, in a post on March 22, cursed government officials for issuing a curfew. 

The post, which was read by Garcia, said: “Social distancing. Wala na mauso namo curfew. Pakyu sa nagpa curfew. Hahaha. Padayon mis rap battle on the street namo ganiha no matter what happened. Wa mi paki sa balaod pa diha kay wa mi motoo anang corona. Kay di mi luya’g panglawas para matakdan sa virus. Para ra nas luya ang panglawas og immune system. Ang virus legit na, kita ray giilad.”

Perang has since deleted his post and apologized to Garcia Monday night. He also surrendered to the Mandaue City police minutes after seeing the post of the governor. 

He also appeared before Garcia on Tuesday, March 24 accompanied by Cebu Provincial Police Office (CPPO-7) Director Roderick Mariano to personally apologize.

“Tungod sa krisis unya dili nata makagawas sa balay unya akong sideline nanga-cancel na,” Peras said in an interview with Sugbo News Monday night.

Admitting his mistake, he also extended his apology to the police and other government agencies.

“Gov. sorry jud kaayo, pasensiya. Sorry kaayo angkon ko sayop to nako, pero unta mapasaylo ko nimo. Taw ra ko masayup ko. Naa man sad ko deperensya sad PWD. Kung mapasaylo ko nimo Gov dili nani mausab. I’m very, very sorry jud Gov ug sa tanang gobyerno nga ako na ligsan, sorry jud kaayo,” Perang said.

Mariano said the Anti-Cybercrime Unit will file a case against him. 

“Hindi na siya proper inquest kasi nag voluntary surrender siya doon sa Mandaue but still the case will be filed against him,” he said.

In a press conference, Garcia said even if Perang asked for forgiveness and promised not to commit the same mistake, a complaint will still be filed before the Prosecutor’s Office. 

Although there was a physical closure of the Prosecutor’s Office as ordered by their Central Office amid the COVID-19 scare, Provincial Prosecutor Ludivico Vistal Cutaran said they can still receive complaints especially if this is subject for inquest proceedings.

At around 3:47 p.m. Monday, Bartolini posted his apology in his Facebook account.

It read “We are Sorry Gov. Gwen Garcia” posted with a screenshot of a news feed by DYLA Cebu Newsbreak. It carried the hashtag #WeStillCareForTheFilipinos and #BigJohnCares. 

Several more violators were called out by Garcia including a post sent by Lindo Gigante of a children’s party held at McDonald’s Danao City on March 22, Sunday. 

Garcia called the attention of the manager whom she met later at the Capitol on Monday. McDonald’s will be facing charges, Acting Provincial Legal Office head Donato Villa said in a separate interview.

Another concerned citizen also brought to the attention of the governor a graduation ceremony that was held Monday at Barangay Villahermosa, Tudela. 

The governor called out Department of Education Cebu Superintendent Dr. Marilyn Andales to ask the principal for an explanation why it went on with the activity despite previous directives.

Garcia said she will not stop from placing people in public criticism should they insist on doing their activities.

“And I’ll do this. I’m going to publicly shame you every day. Nag-atang na raba ni mga Sugbuanons sa atong live nga feed kada adlaw. Mailhan ka,” she said.

Meanwhile, the governor also warned the owner of the beach resort in Boljoon town where Bartolini’s staff had a team building activity on March 21.

“Ang tag-iya sa Club Fort Med, you are hereby given a warning. Inyo pa gani padayonon pagdawat ning mga activities of the similar nature, you will also be held liable. I will see to it the local government unit will revoke your business license,” she stated.

Garcia urged the public to report to the Capitol those who will violate the issued regulations.

“And we will continue with this. I urge and encourage the public to send us photos sa tanan lungsod, ug dakbayan, sa mga barangay kun duna moy makitan nga wa gyud pa-to-o, padad-i mig klaro nga photos, kuhaa ang petsa ug ang oras. Kay kada adlaw nga mag-live ko, ako ning ipa print out ug ipa-enlarge para maklaro ang mga nawong,” she said.

Garcia issued Executive Order 5-G last March 14 on restrictions on public gatherings, social distancing, curfew, including the suspension of classes.

She further issued EO 5-K last March 21 for additional mitigating measures expanding the restrictions on social distancing, public gatherings and the imposition of a 24-hour curfew for persons 65 years old and above and all students (in all levels), backriding, and more. (See related stories) (Vanessa Almeda, Mylen Manto with reports from John Fredson Granada, Paula Mendoza)