MABALACAT CITY -- Flagellants beware.

The Mabalacat City Government still prohibits "self-flagellation" or magsalibatbat or penitensiya" during the observance of the Holy Week.

This was gleaned in Executive Order (EO) 125 dated April 6, 2022 and issued by Mayor Cris Garbo.

The mayor issued the order to prevent the spread of coronavirus now that the country is still under the threat of several variants of the virus.

In Garbo's order, the re-enactment of the Way of the Cross or "Pagpapako Sa Krus" is not allowed.

The traditional "pabasa or the reading and singing of the Passion of Christ in makeshift shrines in barangays and religious processions such as "Via Crusis" and Visita Iglesia are allowed provided that permit be secured from the City Government or barangay concerned.

Church activities like processions should be limited in terms of route and size of roads to maintain social distancing.

Religious congregations are advised to assign health protocol officers who will remind their members of health standards during and after their activities.

Individuals 18 years old and above maybe required to present proof of full vaccination before participating in mass gatherings.

Children with ages 17 and below are not required to present vaccination cards provided they are assisted by fully vaccinated parents or guardian.

Election candidates, including their supporters, are reminded that any form of campaigning, which includes political advertisement on mass media, on Maundy Thursday and Good Friday is strictly prohibited.

EO 125 will be enforced by the Mabalacat policemen, barangay leaders, City Disaster and Risk Reduction Management Department, Mabalacat City Traffic Enforcement Group, and other law enforcement agencies.

Garbo reminded his constituents to be vigilant and always observe health protocols to prevent infection.