By Rey Panaligan
Justice Secretary Menardo I. Guevarra said Sunday, February 9, any resident or town official in Capas, Tarlac may file a case to stop the use of the Athletes’ Village in New Clark City (NCC) as quarantine facility for Filipinos returning from China.
Guevarra said it was up to the court to balance the interests of the national government and those of the local governments.
He reacted to the statement of Capas Vice Mayor Jeseller Rodriguez who was reported to have said that he and other members of the town council would file a petition against the use of NCC as quarantine facility.
He pointed out that while the interest of the national government would take precedence over the interest of the local government of Capas, “legally, that is for the court to decide.”
“Any official or resident of Capas with interest in business, tourism, investment, or health may file a complaint to enjoin the use of the Athletes’ Village as a quarantine facility,” Guevarra said.
“But the court will weigh their private or community interests against the wider public health and social welfare considerations. In the law on injunctions, this is known as the doctrine of relative inconvenience,” he added.
The first batch of Filipinos who returned from Wuhan, China arrived Sunday morning.