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Catholic diocese in central Philippines warned against possible health protocol breach

The Diocese of Maasin has not issued any official statement on the matter as of posting time

The Diocese of Maasin in the central Philippines received a warning from the local government for possible violation of health protocols during an ordination to the priesthood on May 24.

The diocese was asked to explain the gathering of people during the ordination rites and the reception that followed amid the rising cases of COVID-19 in the city.

Mayor Nacional Mercado of Maasin said the government will go after the violators and will “hold them accountable for their actions, regardless of their status or position.”

The mayor also reminded the public to always adhere to prevention and control measures “for the safety and well-being of our community.”

“May we request for your written explanation on the alleged violation of the minimum health protocols,” read the mayor’s letter addressed to Monsignor Oscar Cadayona, the diocese’s vicar general.

“Your valuable cooperation on the matter would be of great help in the resolution of this investigation and in the furtherance of public service,” it added.

Residents have expressed dismay over the reported breach of health protocols after photographs of the gathering circulated on social media.

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One internet user dubbed the event a “super spreader,” noting how those who were present did not even wear masks and did not follow social distancing measures.

Monsignor Cadayona said he could not comment on the photographs circulated online, adding that he was not present during the event.

“I was in self-isolation for how many days. I could not comment on it, but as far as I know, they observed the health protocol,” he told LiCAS.news.

The city government has earlier issued an order prohibiting mass gatherings in the city including festivals and religious events during the month of May.

Governor Damian Mercado of Southern Leyte has proposed to place the whole province under “general community quarantine” for the month of June.

As of May 27, the city of Maasin recorded 16 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number of confirmed cases at 549, with 487 recoveries, 50 active cases, and 12 deaths.

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