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Friday, June 25, 2021
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9 village execs charged over Covid-19 superspreader events

NINE barangay officials have been charged over superspreader events that violated minimum public health standards.

A document provided by Department of the Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año on Tuesday, June 8, 2021, identified the officials as:

  • Romeo Rivera, chairman of Barangay 171 in Caloocan City
  • Ernan Perez chairman of Barangay San Jose, Navotas
  • Facipico Jeronimo, chairman of Barangay 181, Tondo, Manila
  • Jaime Laurente, chairman of Barangay 182, Tondo, Manila
  • Arnel Saenz, Barangay Kagawad, Tondo, Manila
  • Marcial Lucas Melodie Palad, chairman of Barangay Matiktik in Norzagaray, Bulacan
  • Jason Talipa, chairman of Barangay Balabag, Boracay Island
  • Jimmy Solano, barangay chairman of Sambiray, Malay, Aklan
  • Jessica Ponteres Cadungog, chairman of Barangay Kamputhaw, Cebu City


Charges of dereliction of duty were filed against Rivera, Perez and Cadungog while charges for violation of Republic Act 11332, or Mandatory Reporting of Noticeable Disease and Health Events of Health Concerns Act, were filed against the others.

Rivera has been meted 60 days preventive suspension which was implemented last Thursday, June 4, 2021.

In his report to President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday, June 7, Año said the superspreader events were the: Gubat sa Ciudad incident in Barangay 171 in Caloocan City; Recreational Resort and Pool Operations in San Jose, Navotas City; boxing match in Tondo, Manila; Bakas River incident in Barangay Matictic, Norzagaray, Bulacan; gathering in Barangay Balabag, Boracay Island; Barangay Sambiray, Malay incident; and Club Holic Bar and Restaurant in Cebu City. (SunStar Philippines)

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