March 5, 2024

Mayor Benjamin Magalong has decried acts of discrimination allegedly committed by officials and residents of Barangay Sto. Niño Slaughterhouse against a Covid-19 patient.
“Why do they have to be extremely unkind and cold-hearted at this time when people need to look out for one another?” the mayor lamented after receiving reports that the patient’s family had been ostracized.
He said photos were even posted on social media showing the patient’s home being cordoned off.
He said these cruel acts will not be tolerated as he intends to file both criminal and administrative cases against all those responsible.
“I am having this investigated upon so that all those responsible for these discriminatory acts will be dealt with accordingly in accordance with local and national laws,” he said.
Ordinance 44, s. 2020 penalizes “acts of discrimination committed against persons affected by Covid-29 medical personnel, other health workers, and essential workers in making the City of Baguio Covid-19 free.” 
These acts are also punishable under Republic Act 11332 or “An act providing policies and prescribing procedure on surveillance and response to notifiable diseases, epidemics, and health events.”
“It’s ironic that we pride ourselves of being called disciplined and cooperative when we cannot bestow compassion and respect to a person in need,” he said.
The mayor, however, said this is an isolated case in the city, acknowledging the kindness and helpfulness of most people in other barangays.
“Neighbors show sympathy by sending food and supplies to the residents of patients. I hope we continue to nurture this kind of attitude toward our fellow,” he said. – Aileen P. Refuerzo