The spiritual adviser of the Catholic charismatic group El Shaddai said he is surprised that it is being investigated by authorities for alleged violations of COVID-19 protocols in a mass gathering over the weekend.
“I only heard of it today,” retired Novaliches Bishop Teodoro Bacani said.
“What I know is that they keep reminding the people on masks and physical distancing,” he added.
The spiritual adviser of El Shaddai said based on his observations, members follow the health protocols.
“Whenever I say Mass, I see the right protocol being observed,” said Bacani.
“Even if they investigate they will be happy to know that no one is getting sick. God protects his little ones. What we hear are stories of cures,” he added.
Last Saturday, El Shaddai held its Family Appointment event at the Amvel City of Faith in Parañaque City owned by its leader, Bro. Mike Velarde, drawing scores of members despite the existing health protocols and restrictions on mass gatherings.
The Department of the Interior and Local Government is probing the incident.