Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo refused to allow the docking and disembarkation of crew members of a passenger cargo ship from Dipolog at the Dumaguete City Port Monday.
Remollo said he was acting on reliable information that some of the ship’s crewmembers tested positive for Covid-19, based on the Rapid Diagnostic Test (RDT) conducted in Dipolog.
The Philippine Ports Authority and the Philippine Coast Guard implemented the order of the mayor and denied the ship’s entry and docking at the Dumaguete Port. It was learned that the ship was returning to its port of origin in Dipolog with recommendation for change of crew and vessel disinfection.
Remollo said his decision was to protect the residents of Dumaguete City and the larger community of Negros Oriental from possible transmission of Covid-19.
City Health Officer, Dr. Maria Sarah Talla, and PPA port manager Sarah Mijares, vice chairperson and member of the City’s Inter Agency Task Force, respectively, concurred with the decision of Remollo.
Meanwhile, Remollo expressed recently his full support to the anti-terrorism bill that is intended to effectively maintain law and order and boost the fight against terrorism.
Remollo said the objectives of the proposed law are noble, and he urged the citizenry to be vigilant against possible abuses by some agents or government enforcers.
He said, “The proposed law is for the best interest and security of the state, to protect it by any legal means. And the threat of terrorism is worldwide and any state has the right to protect itself by passing laws that will safeguard its citizens.”
“I don’t have any problem with the passage of the law. I hope the President will sign it because it is for the good of everyone,” Remollo added.
He said the public should be vigilant and not think of any ill motive over the passage of the anti-terror bill. “You just have to trust the government, which is doing its best to protect its citizens,” he added.*
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