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Gerald Anderson exemption from quarantine draws flak from residents

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Some residents cry, “Para walay kwarantin, pag artista na lang (Be a celebrity so there’s no (requirement for) quarantine.” (Facebook photo)

ZAMBOANGA DEL NORTE

Lockdown-fatigue residents took turns in criticizing the Dipolog City government officials over what they say as double standard when Gerald Anderson, who was in Zamboanga del Norte to shoot his movie, did not undergo the14-day quarantine, a requirement for returning residents.

Some residents cry, “Para walay kwarantin, pag artista na lang (Be a celebrity so there’s no (requirement for) quarantine.”

The internet lights up hours after a photo of Anderson without a face mask.

A netizen, in dialect, complained: Ordinary people are penalized for not wearing face masks.

One Arthur Parilla said, it is better to be a celebrity.

Lawyer Arvin Bonbon, head of the pandemic task force’s Incident Command System (ICS), however, explained why the actor was exempted from mandatory quarantine and for not wearing a face mask.

Anderson, the lawyer said, has coordinated with the ICS and complied with all the requirements such as the certificates of coordination and acceptance.

Bonbon further said the actor and his companions had submitted their negative RT-PCR tests, travel order and itinerary.

Under an executive order issued on August 14, all persons entering the province, vaccinated or not, are subject to mandatory quarantine for 14 days.

The order exempts the following: authorized persons outside residence (APOR) whose official business does not exceed 48 hours, deliveries of essential items, trucks and courier services, and persons with indispensable travels that do not exceed 48 hours.

 Anderson and his film production team stayed in Dipolog City since August 26 until August 30.

The ICS chief admitted there were some members of the production team who were caught without face masks. But they were already fined, he said.

The actor, according to Bonbon, has to remove his face mask during “actual shoot and in between takes.”

He assured that safety measures were undertaken and nobody was “in direct contact with him.”

The explanation has not soothed the lockdown-weary residents of the province with the detection of COVID-19 Delta variants.

Zamboanga del Norte recorded three Delta variants on Saturday, August 29.

As of August 31, the province has logged 53 new cases bringing the total cases to 5,584 with 437 active cases.

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