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PARTYLIST DENIES ISSUING ’CERTIFICATION’ TO ECQ VIOLATOR
By: Eleanor Valeros | Published Wednesday, May 13, 2020

The partylist tagged in an incident on breach of ECQ protocols involving Cebuana model-beauty queen Maria Gigante denied issuing any certification.

Governor Gwendolyn Garcia disclosed that she received a call from the representative of the partylist (name withheld yet as of this writing).

Garcia pointed out that more complaints will be filed against Gigante because the partylist group  accused her of faking the signature of their chief of staff.

"Nanawag man nako ang congressman. Gi-deny man ni sa partylist nga mi-issue sila aning certification kang Maria Gigante," Garcia said.

A certification supposedly allowed Gigante, as a “staff member”, to gather donations for residents affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Aside from the certification, the vehicle she boarded in along with Spanish boyfriend Javier Castro bore the seal of the House of Representatives. Gigante and Castro used these to get past checkpoints.

However, policemen were quick in alerting their stations in the area upon noticing that the two didn't come back after a supposed consolidation of relief goods in Alegria.

Gigante and Castro were found to be in Moalboal and were apprehended for violating ECQ protocols by traveling even though they are not exempted workers. This goes against Garcia's Executive Order 5-O.

They were also swimming and drinking beer in the area.

Swimming in the sea or any bodies of water is prohibited under ECQ to prevent crowds or gatherings. The governor issued Executive Order 5-L on this.

Although the Province did not impose a liquor ban, Moalboal Mayor Paz Rozgoni deemed it necessary to issue such.

Gigante and Castro are also facing charges based on Article 151 or Disobedience to Person in Authority for being discourteous to the mayor.

Based on a report of the Moalboal Police Station, the Spanish national got irked when they were refused accommodation in any of the beach resorts in Moalboal.

Under ECQ, operations of beach resorts have been stalled. (Eleanor Valeros)