Brgy chair in hot water for being at a drinking session in Cebu City

Published March 23, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Calvin Cordova

CEBU CITY—A barangay chairperson here is in hot water after he was seen by law enforcers having a drinking session with a group of friends around early morning Monday.

Nunilon Monares, barangay chair of Kalunasan, could be facing administrative charges after patrolling police saw him drinking with friends in Barangay Camputhaw.

A 24-hour curfew has been enforced in the city as part of the measures to prevent the spread of pandemic coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Residents were also urged to observe strict social distancing, while a liquor ban is also in effect in the city.

Monares was able to elude arrest after he was able to hide in one of the houses in the area, while two of his companions were brought to the Abellana Police Station.

But Mayor Edgar Labella, in a press briefing Monday, said he has tasked the City Legal Office to look into the matter.

Labella warned that Monares could be held administratively.

“They should be penalized. They should set as example, lead by example. How can we expect our constituents to follow if they are the ones violating,” Labella said.

In Dumanjug town, southern Cebu, two barangay chairpersons have been arrested for organizing an illegal cockfight locally known as “tigbakay”.

Angeles Cabanoy, the 42-year-old barangay captain of Kanguha, and two other residents were arrested when police raided a “tigbakay” last Monday.

The government has prohibited the holding of cockfights in the country amid the COVID 19 pandemic.

Last Friday, police also arrested Kabatbatan barangay captain Ruel Dinglasa, who was caught organizing a “tigbakay” during his birthday.