DILG issues show-cause orders to 8 barangay captains in Cebu City for ECQ violations

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(CNN Philippines, July 10) — Eight barangay captains in Cebu City have been issued show-cause orders due to violations related to their implementation of the enhanced community quarantine, the Department of the Interior and Local Government said Friday.

Interior Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya said the village chiefs were given notices because they ‘tolerated’ mass gathering such as basketball activities, and cockfighting events as well as other quarantine violations.

“Hindi nila nagawa ang tungkuling ipagbawal itong pagtitipon dahil stay-at-home ang ating polisiya ang naka-enhanced community quarantine po ang Cebu City,” Malaya said in a briefing.

[Translation: They failed to fulfill their duty of imposing the stay-at-home policy because Cebu City is under ECQ.]

Among those asked why they should not be charged for failure to perform their mandated functions during crisis are Catalina Cabardo from Basak Pardo; Harry Eran from Cogon Pardo; Lourdes Ramirez from Sto. Niño, Clifford Jude Niñal from San Nicolas Proper, and Michael Gacasan from Guadalupe, DILG- Region 7 Director Leocadio Trovela said separately.

Malaya said that the barangay chiefs were told to reply 48 hours from the time they received the show-cause order.

He added some have already replied and their responses are now being reviewed by the legal team of the DILG.

If the department’s legal counsel found probable cause to charge them, they will face complaints for dereliction of duty and grave misconduct, which he warned may lead to 'preventive suspension.'

Cebu City-based Stringer Dale Israel contributed to this report