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Ilocos Sur governor wants 3 comedians declared persona non grata

Frank Cimatu
Ilocos Sur governor wants 3 comedians declared persona non grata
Ilocos Sur Governor Ryan Singson says comedians Long Mejia, Dagul, and Gene Padilla had an unsanctioned visit and gig in Sto Domingo town

The governor of Ilocos Sur asked the Sangguniang Panlalawigan to declare 3 comedians as persona non grata for ignoring the province’s quarantine protocols.

Governor Ryan Luis Singson said the trio led by Long Mejia (Roberto Mejia), Dagul (Romy Pastrana), and Gene Padilla (Gene Baldivia) had an unsanctioned visit and gig in Sto Domingo town.

He said that the 3 including their friends came to the town “with no legitimate purpose” and no coordination with the provincial government and the COVID Action Center of Ilocos Sur.

“Their refusal to undergo quarantine checkpoint protocols by evading checkpoint personnel is another manifestation of the violation of our laws, an exhibition of arrogance and impoliteness that should not be tolerated,” Singson said in his letter on Sunday, July 19.

“I therefore call upon the Sangguniang Panlalawigan to urgently pass a resolution declaring Long Mejia, Dagul Pastrana, and Gene Padilla persona non grata in Ilocos Sur,” he added.

“These people are personalities of show business with broad patronage, which should all the more be reason that they take it upon themselves to comply [with] existing rules in a place they visit.”

Ilocos Sur has 3 active COVID-19 cases and 4 recoveries. – Rappler.com