City commences contact tracing as one guest of ‘grand wedding’ party tested positive

The city government has commenced the contact tracing of individuals present during the grand wedding of the couple from two well-known families in Davao City after one of the guests later tested positive of Covid-19.

Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio had ordered the conduct of contact tracing of guests and suppliers as precautionary measure to prevent the spread of the virus to other members of their family, friends, and guests.

In a live interview with Davao City Disaster Radio (DCDR) 8.5 on Tuesday, slammed the two families for holding the grandiose wedding despite the city’s strict policy on the holding of parties and mass gatherings. She did not name those involved.

The mayor revealed that a guest who attended the wedding party tested positive for Covid-19.

“Ang mga datu they think they know everything, that they are above the law, tungod naa sila’y kwarta. So the party happened, guess what? Naay nag-positive. Karon, we do contact tracing nga pwede dili naman unta to mahitabo,” Mayor Sara said.

The mayor also said the City Legal Office (CLO) is looking into possible charges against the families for the violation of the law.

Under Section 5 and 7 of Executive Order (EO)No. 25 issued by Mayor Sara on April 17, 2020, private parties to mark personal or family milestones should be kept low and modest with no more than 25 guests. It also states that the city government can file actions based on Article 25 of the Civil Code and other pertinent laws in cases of thoughtless extravagance in expenses for pleasure or display.

Mayor Sara reminded Dabawenyos, regardless if they are rich or poor, famous, or ordinary citizens, must heed the government advice to keep family gatherings a low-key affair. 

The mayor also recalled encountering similar instances advising people against holding such gatherings but still pushed through resulting in someone getting infected. 

“Lami kaayo mosulti og ‘I told you so’ but of course, siyempre dili na ka mosulti kay wala nama’y point ang ‘I told you so’. Mag way forward na lang ta pirmi ani sa inyohang mga kabuang,” she said.

It can be recalled that Mayor Sara through EO No. 25 has cancelled all mass gatherings here until 2021 as the city government declared a period of mourning and vigilance starting April 17 2020 amid the pandemic.

The EO states that all city and national government celebrations, parties, anniversaries and festivities shall be cancelled while commemoration of important dates and legal holidays “should be kept short and must be in somber tone.”