Tourists still barred from Baguio, police say after San Juan mayor's checkpoint breach


Posted at Jun 08 2020 11:43 AM | Updated as of Jun 08 2020 12:01 PM

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Summer destination Baguio City will remain shuttered to tourists as a safety measure during the coronavirus pandemic, its chief of police said Monday, after a convoy of San Juan Mayor Francis Zamora allegedly violated checkpoint protocols. 

"Iyong mga aakyat po dito, please follow [our rules]... We treat everybody the same po dito," Baguio police chief Col. Allan Rae Co said in a Teleradyo interview. 

"Wala pa pong turista. Non-residents, turista, ay hindi pa po puwede." 

(To those who will go up here, please follow our rules. We treat everybody the same here. There are no tourists yet. Non-residents, tourists are not allowed.) 

Zamora has apologized to Baguio residents after his convoy passed a checkpoint there without its passengers going through a mandatory health check. 

He said he went to the mountain city because his wife, a breast cancer patient, had a house there and was advised by her doctor to rest. 

The interior department earlier praised Baguio City for its intensive contact tracing measures that prevented the spread of the novel coronavirus disease. 

Of the 36 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Baguio City, 29 have already recovered. Only one died of the respiratory illness. 

TeleRadyo, June 8, 2020