Mayor Sara warns Iglesia Ni Cristo: Violate quarantine, face suit

Mayor Sara warns Iglesia Ni Cristo: Violate quarantine, face suit

Religious group Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) is not heeding the call of government authorities to suspend all religious activities in Davao city despite the ordinance placing the entire city on community quarantine.
This situation has irked Davao city Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio and has given her warning to the influential religious group in defying the city ordinance.

“We already told you through an executive order that all religious ceremonies should be suspended,” Duterte said after receiving reports that INC continued to push through with its religious activities and services.
Davao city Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio
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There is an existing city ordinance suspending the mass gatherings, including all religious gatherings, through several guidelines signed by Duterte to prevent the spreading of COVID-19.
In Executive Order No. 10 issued on Sunday, March 15, Duterte clarified that the suspension of all religious activities was part of the enforcement of a citywide community quarantine.

It meant “the organization itself should suspend all activities,” the mayor said. “Yet, you still continue to call on your members to go to church,” she said.

The mayor told INC leaders that are still taking unnecessary risks to go to religious activities would not spare members from the fast spreading COVID-19.
“I want to remind members of Iglesia Ni Cristo that praying inside the church will not save you from the virus. It will not prevent you from getting infected and from getting sick,” Duterte said.
“If we cannot appeal to INC to suspend their activities, then we are exploring what we can do on the legal side,” Duterte said.

She urged members to listen to her advice because it would be crucial in containing the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19.

“I ask our brothers and sisters from the INC in Davao to please stop attending your ceremonies,” Duterte said.

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