Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso reminded those who flock to Manila to do their Christmas shopping to observe physical distancing amid the coronavirus pandemic after photos taken over the weekend showed the shopping capital — Divisoria, teeming with people.
Although everyone is welcome to shop and help boost the city’s economy, Domagoso urged the public to observe health and safety protocols such as wearing of face mask, face shield, and physical distancing.
“Malungkot na baka gusto niyong makatipid pero nagpabaya naman kayo, oh milyon po ang gagastusin ninyo kapag kayo nagka-COVID-19, milyon-milyon (It will be sad if you save money from shopping but become careless, you will spend millions if you get COVID-19),” he told reporters on Monday morning (November 23).
“Kaya ako patuloy na nananawagan kung mahal niyo ang buhay niyo, at sinasabi niyong mahal na mahal niyo ang sarili ninyo (That’s why I appeal to you if you love life and love yourself), show it (with) your actions not (with) your words because you cannot just merge in a particular area ng sabay-sabay (simultaneously),” he said.
“This is not only in Manila, it goes to the entire country, to the world and it’s high time for us to adapt,” he added.
The Manila mayor also warned shoppers to be careful of snatchers and pickpockets since police officers may be busy ensuring that health protocols are being observed.
Domagoso also chastised church officials who insist on holding religious processions despite the pandemic.
“Napapansin ko kasi may ilang kaparian na ang hilig-hilig makalusot na gusto pang magpaparada. Tigilin niyo na muna yang para-parada. Ako naman nakikiusap (I noticed that there are some priests who eagerly want to hold processions. I am appealing to church leaders to please stop holding religious processions),” Mayor Isko appealed.
“I mean, if we really love Jesus, if we really love God, whatever forms we have, I think them as leaders of the Church, lahat ng Church, not only the Catholic Church, should refrain from any other activities except for masses,” he added.
Mayor Isko and church officials have agreed to cancel the Traslacion, one of the biggest religious gatherings in the country in 2021.
The mayor warned they will not hesitate to arrest or file charges against violators.
“We will make sure that we are going to hold you liable, that is a guarantee. Any other law that we can use (against) those who will violate, ‘yung mga gathering at parada, pasensyahan po tayo dahil ako po obligasyon ko ang kaligtasan ng bawat Manilenyong taga-Lungsod ng Maynila at bawat taong dadako sa Lungsod ng Maynila. Obligasyon ko iyon at tutupdin ko iyon (It is my obligation to ensure the safety of every Manileño and those who visit the city and I intend to fulfill it),” he added.