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14 Individuals to Face Charges Over Religious Procession in Cebu City Amid ECQ

CEBU CITY – 14 individuals who held religious procession amid enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) will face charges for defying protocols.

Based on the report of GMA News, fourteen individuals along with the barangay chairman will face complaints about holding a religious procession in Barangay Basak San Nicolas, Cebu City last Sunday amid the strict implementation of ECQ, where mass gatherings are prohibited.

Religious Procession in Cebu City
Image Source: Superbalita Cebu

According to Central Visayas police chief Police Brigadier General Albert Ignatius Ferro, organizers and those individuals who danced in the procession would also face criminal complaints. The festivity is to celebrate the Feast Day of St. John the Baptist and Sto. Niño.

Religious Procession in Cebu City
Image Source: Superbalita Cebu

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Mayor of Cebu City, Edgar Labella also said that the city’s legal office already requested an explanation from the Basak San Nicolas officials. Officials should explain why they hold the celebration despite the prohibition on mass gatherings.

Religious Procession in Cebu City
Image Source: Superbalita Cebu

A show cause order has already been issued to the Barangay chairman Norman Navarro and Sangguniang Pambarangay members. The barangay was among the areas locked down after being identified as a coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) hotspot in the city. 

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