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By: Mylen Manto | Published Tuesday, May 12, 2020
Gov. Gwen Garcia asks CPPO to investigate how non-exempted persons pass through checkpoints between the Province and Cebu City despite clear guidelines set in the executive orders issued by the Capitol. (Junjie Mendoza/file photo)

Perplexed about the reports of non-exempted persons arriving in the Province coming from Cebu City, Governor Gwendolyn Garcia called on the Cebu Provincial Police Office to investigate the matter.

She wanted to know how these people got through the checkpoints despite clear guidelines set in the executive orders issued by the Provincial Government.

Most recent report on this involved a Cebuana model-beauty queen and her Spanish boyfriend who got apprehended in Moalboal town for violating the liquor ban and beach swimming restrictions imposed while the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) in Cebu Province is still in effect.

Garcia disclosed on Monday, May 11 that Maria Gigante, 26, a resident of Barangay Bacayan, and boyfriend Javier Castro, 35, temporarily residing in Barangay Apas, both in Cebu City, were arrested on Sunday, May 10.

The governor also shared another case involving three vendors from the Carbon Public Market in Cebu City who were smuggled to Mantalongon, Dalaguete. They are now considered persons under monitoring by the local government.

Although not included in the list of exemptions, Gigante and Castro allegedly got through the checkpoints after Gigante told the police that she was conducting a survey to provide relief goods. The couple was on board a private vehicle bearing the official seal of the House of Representatives. 

Garcia said using the House of Representative’s seal without proper authority is unlawful.

“Matod niya, Maria Gigante, nga gitagaan kuno siya og tahas sa usa ka partylist-congressman, nga kuno iya libuton ang probinsya kay mangutana siya’g unsay gikinahanglan kay aron iya kuno nang i-sanong didto kay basin kuno makakuha ta’g donasyon,” she relayed.

Upon reaching Moalboal town, the couple wanted to check-in at local resorts but failed to do so since all were closed due to the ECQ. The couple then proceeded to Alegria, the governor continued.

“Ambot asa kaha ni sila nangatog. Pagka-ugma (Sunday) ana nadakpan kay nag-inom og beer ug nangaligo,” she said, adding that when Gigante and Castro did not show up in Alegria, the police looked for them and with the residents’ help, found the two at the beach. 

Charges were filed against them for the violations committed and the resistance and disobedience showed to an agent of a person-in-authority during arrest.  

“Pwerte pa gyud kuno isoga aning Kastila. Gikasab-an pang mayor (Mayor Paz Rozgoni) kay ngano kuno di sila pa check-inon. Ayaw pataka diha’g pasuko-suko kay nia man ka sa among nasod, unya nia man ka sa among probinsya, wa kay katungod nga mangasaba sa mayor. Duna man mi among kaugalingong lagda, angay ka musunod kay you are just a guest,” Garcia stressed.  

Gigante is currently detained at the Women’s Center in Moalboal while Castro is at the police station’s detention cell.

Since charges were already filed, the Capitol will leave the investigation to the police authorities. However, Garcia will inform the partylist-congressman who Gigante was allegedly working for. 

“She claims nga she was doing work for a partylist, di lang nako i-mention kay it would be unfair to this partylist-congressman kay for all I know that is not true unya maapil-apil nana iyang ngalan. But mao iyang claim nga kuno magsurvey siya kun unsay matabang ani nga partylist-congressman who is not from Cebu and I would believe nga siguro unahon pa niya’g tabang ang iyang kaugalingong lugar,” she stressed. (Mylen Manto)