BAGUIO CITY — Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong has seemingly softened on his stance against San Juan City Mayor Francis Zamora and his entourage of 30, who on Friday breached established COVID-19 prevention protocols of the city.
“We appeal to the public to exercise greater discernment and restraint in prejudging, (Zamora and the members of his group),” the mayor said in a statement today.
While Magalong admitted that he understands the public’s displeasure over the reported breach, the mayor urged, “Let us however bear in mind that the full appreciation of facts and the proper evaluation of evidence at hand are best left to our courts or the rightful quasi-judicial bodies. This is how justice works.”
“We have accepted the apologies of Mayor Zamora, no doubt conveyed in sincerity. But in my talk with him, I emphasized that it is to the people of Baguio, not I, who deserve to do that. After all, it is their primordial health and well-being that Mayors like him and I are consecrated to work for in these troubled times,” Magalong said.
Netizens enraged by the breach of the protocol by Zamora and party have started an online petition urging city officials to declare Zamora “persona non grata.”
Magalong, responding to enraged complaints by Baguio residents, especially those facing a hard time acquiring out-of-town travels, said that he has lodged formal complaints with the PNP hierarchy which has directed a formal investigation, purposely to determine the culpability of Zamora and party.
“We should not lose sight of the fact that his conveyed apology, no matter how profuse, does not mean that he and his group are now freed of any legal consequences for their actions,” he said.
“Let them prove their innocence… before the proper judicial or quasi-judicial bodies,” he stressed.