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Netizens blast San Juan City Mayor Francis Zamora for disrespecting Baguio City

The people of Baguio want Zamora to be declared as persona non grata for what he did.

San Juan City Mayor Francis Zamora is taking heat for allegedly flouting quarantine guidelines in Baguio City when he entered the city with an entourage that reportedly consisted of at least 30 people and bypassed checkpoints and avoided the triage process.

Rumors say that Zamora went straight to the Baguio Country Club (BCC) but the BCC reported that the entourage went to Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong’s office. This was why the party was sent back to the triage area for screening.

The people of Baguio want Zamora to be declared as persona non grata for what he did.

The petition was created by Karlo Marko Altomonte before the Office of the Vice Mayor and Presiding Officer City Council of Baguio on Change.org.

“By ignoring protocols and initiatives of the City of Baguio, one of the cities in the country that serves as a model in the fight against the spread of Covid-19 thanks to the discipline and genuine concern of its citizens and the city’s current leadership, San Juan City Mayor Zamora, arrogantly and selfishly, spat in the face of every Baguio citizen who’s sacrificed so much to keep the city safer,” the petition read.

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In an apology to Magalong, Zamora said that a ‘miscommunication’ occurred at the checkpoint.

Zamora revealed online that he went to Baguio to escort his stage 3 breast cancer-stricken wife for medical treatment.

“I would like to extend my sincere apologies to Mayor Benjamin Magalong and the people of Baguio City for the incident that happened last June 5, 2020 on our way to Baguio City. We had no intention of breaking any checkpoint or quarantine protocols of the LGU,” said Zamora.

“I have personally called Mayor Magalong earlier today to convey my apologies and to explain that this was a miscommunication in the checkpoint area,” he added.

Magalong earlier cited police reports suggesting Zamora ignored a checkpoint and went to the BCC.

His initial apology to Magalong said that he was asleep when his entourage got to the checkpoint.

Zamora said he’ll be leaving on Sunday while his wife stays in the city for the duration of her treatment.

“Again, I humbly and most respectfully apologize to Mayor Benjamin Magalong and the people of Baguio City for this incident. There was never any intention not to follow Baguio’s health and security protocols,” he said.


One of Baguio’s requirements before entering the city is a triage examination. Magalong also said that a triage area was set up at the BCC for Zamora’s party.

Written by JO-EST B. TAN

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