Belmonte orders councilor: Explain protocol breach

Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte issued a show-cause order Wednesday to Councilor Franz Pumaren for alleged violation of health protocols during his food distribution activity, attended by thousands, in Barangay Old Balara on Tuesday.

The issuance of the show-cause order is part of the city government’s policy of going after violators of established health protocols as well as holding them accountable for their actions regardless of status.

Pumaren, who also serves as majority floor leader in the city council, has already received a copy of the order, according to a statement from the city government.

Belmonte ordered the city legal department to conduct a probe and file the appropriate cases. She also directed the city’s epidemiology and surveillance unit to conduct COVID-19 testing among the participants of the activity.

Pumaren supervised the distribution of around 300 sacks of rice in Old Balara that started at around 4 p.m.

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