After Sagada, Banaue LGU rejects Joyce Bernal’s request to shoot for SONA

Published July 8, 2020, 1:55 PM

by Regina Mae Parungao

Joyce Bernal (Instagram)

After getting turned down to shoot by the Sagada Municipal Council, director Joyce Bernal experienced rejection anew, this time from the local government of Banaue.

Early this week, the OIC of Sagada COVID-19 task force cited the municipal’s strict quarantine ordinance as their main reason in disallowing Bernal’s team from shooting some scenes there supposedly to be used in the upcoming State of Nation’s Address (SONA).

Reports have it the director’s team headed next to Banaue. However, they were refused entry and reportedly escorted out – enforcing an executive order issued by Banaue Mayor Dr Wesley Dulawan prohibiting travel in and out of Banaue up to July 10.

Bernal ended up staying at Baguio Teacher’s Camp, which is currently being used as a triage unit for arriving OFWs before transferring to Camp John Hay Manor Hotel.

Bernal, who has been directing the President’s SONA since 2018, is yet to release a statement on the matter.

 
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