Sara tells quarantine violators: Prepare last will, P2M

DAVAO. A woman slowly climbs the overpass in Bankerohan, Davao City after buying goods at the market Monday morning, May 18, 2020. A line of people can be seen waiting for their turn to go inside the farmers market. Davao City Mayor Sara Z. Duterte-Carpio urges market-goers to observe proper health safety measures as markets are high risk areas for infection. (Photo by Macky Lim)

DABAWENYOS who will continue to defy the movement restrictions imposed by the City Government under the general community quarantine (GCQ) are told to prepare their “last will” and downpayment for their hospital bill and cremation, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio warned in a radio interview on Monday, May 18.

“Sa tanang nanggawas diha nga nagsuroy-suroy, nga wala nipalit og pagkaon o tambal, niadto sa bangko o sa doctor, ug dili padulong sa trabaho nila -- mag andam na sila sa ilang last will ug 2 million pesos para sa inyong hospital bills (For those who are loitering outside, not buying food or medicine, going to the banks or their doctors, or going to work -- prepare your last will and P2 million for your hospital bills),” Duterte-Carpio said in the 87.5 FM Davao City Disaster Radio interview.

The mayor’s remark came after she observed that many people, who are neither going to work nor buying essential goods, continue to roam around during the first Monday of the GCQ in the city.

Davao City is placed under GCQ following the recommendation of the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID), which is being implemented starting on May 16 until May 31.

Duterte-Carpio, who was at the City Hall of Davao during the interview, said she personally saw these people loitering in the streets for leisure purposes.

“Mahibalo ka sa mga violators sa GCQ kay ilang nilakwan sa dalan dili purposeful, mohapit pa gyud og tan-aw-tan-aw sa mga cellphone accessories, kita kaayo nako o, gikan sa bintana diri sa City Hall (You can easily identify GCQ violators because of the way they walk on the streets, you can see that it is not “purposeful. They even stop to look at cellphone accessory stalls. I can personally see them through my window here at the city hall),” the mayor said.

She also said a mass grave is also ready for these violators anytime in case crematoriums will be crowded with dead coronavirus disease (Covid-19) patients.

Duterte-Carpio, in a previous radio interview, already warned Dabawenyos that the City Government will not shoulder the medical expenses of people who acquired Covid-19 because they violated the quarantine protocols.

The Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC), currently the only Covid-19 designated hospital in the city, has not yet reported any patient who acquired Covid-19 by violating ECQ and GCQ guidelines.

The mayor continuously emphasized that while the city is still under GCQ, non-essential movements around the city are still prohibited.

She added that following the GCQ implementation, a “second wave” of mass infection is highly anticipated since restrictions are lowered, and more offices and business establishments are allowed to operate.

As of May 18, the Department of Health recorded 67 active Covid-19 cases, 92 recovered cases and 25 deaths in Davao City, making the city the “ground zero” of the Covid-19 infection in the entire Davao Region.


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