Cebu City Legal summons Basak San Nicolas officials

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CEBU CITY, Philippines -- The Cebu City Legal Office has summoned officials of Barangay Basak San Nicolas to shed light on the fiesta celebration that took place within their village last Saturday,

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A fiesta was reportedly organized in Barangay Basak San Nicolas last June 27, 2020 | CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

A two-page show cause order dated June 28, 2020 was issued by the City Legal Office, signed by Legal Officer Rey Gealon, requesting village officials to explain before the city government why they shouldn’t be held liable for the incident.Photos of the fiesta celebration held in Sitio Alumnos in Barangay Basak San Nicolas that went viral online had reached the attention of the city government.

“I have tasked Atty. Rey Gealon, our City Legal Chief, to investigate the holding of a fiesta celebration in Sitio Alumnos despite a directive strictly prohibiting mass gatherings,” he added. According to the city government, Barangay Basak San Nicolas has a total of 90 active coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19 cases) as of June 28, 2020. Being part of the Top 10 villages with the highest number of confirmed COVID-19 cases, authorities are planning to impose a hard lockdown there.The City Legal Office also warned barangay officials that they would not take the issue lightly, and they could file appropriate administrative and criminal charges.

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