3 comedians declared persona non grata in Ilocos Sur

3 comedians declared persona non grata in Ilocos Sur

By Tracy Cabrera

MANILA — BASED ON the recommendation of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) to implement zoning containment in Ilocos Sur as a means of preventing further spread of the novel coronavirus (nCoV) and Covid-19, strict quarantine protocols have been imposed for the safety and health security of local residents.

Long Mejia

However, violators continue to disregard the protocols prompting Ilocos Sur governor Ryan Luis Singson to closely monitor his jurisdiction, which has resulted with a petition to declare three local comedians as ‘persona non grata’ for ignoring the province’s quarantine protocols.

Singson filed the petition before the Sangguniang Panlalawigan against Roberto Mejia, a.k.a. Long Mejia, Romy ‘Dagul’ Pastrana and Gene Baldivia or Gene Padilla, who reportedly had an unsanctioned visit and gig in Santo Domingo town, during which the trio failed to follow the quarantine measures imposed in the town.

Dagul Pastrana

The governor said that Mejia, Pastrana and Baldivia, including some of their companions, came to Santo Domingo “with no legitimate purpose” and no coordination with the provincial government and the Covid Action Center of Ilocos Sur.

“Their refusal to undergo quarantine checkpoint protocols by evading checkpoint personnel is another manifestation of the violation of our laws, an exhibition of arrogance and impoliteness that should not be tolerated,” Singson said in an explanatory letter dated Sunday, July 19.

Gene Padilla (left)

“I therefore call upon the Sangguniang Panlalawigan to urgently pass a resolution declaring Long Mejia, Dagul Pastrana, and Gene Padilla persona non grata in Ilocos Sur,” he petitioned.

“These people are personalities of show business with broad patronage, which should all the more be reason that they take it upon themselves to comply (with) existing rules in a place they visit,” Singson added.

On top photo: Ilocos Sur governor Ryan Luis Singson.

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